[Brussels: Tuesday, 20 November 2018] On Thursday, 11 October, IP Europe – alongside a number of international businesses involved in developing and using wireless technology standards – published the draft CEN-CENELEC Workshop Agreement (CWA) entitled “Principles and guidance for licensing Standard Essential Patents in 5G and the Internet of Things, including the Industrial Internet”[1]. Today IP Europe has taken two actions to encourage more stakeholders to provide feedback on the CWA:

  • First, at the group’s request, CEN-CENELEC has agreed to extend the consultation period until 31 December 2018.
  • Second, to make it easier for businesses and licensing experts to participate in the consultation process, IP Europe has launched an easy feedback tool[2], with CEN-CENELEC’s consent.

The CWA – collaboratively drafted by leading global developers and users of wireless technology standards – aims to help sectors and businesses that will license wireless technology standards for the first time better understand how to gain access to the technology efficiently.

Kerry Miller, Chairman of the CEN-CENELEC Workshop Agreement group said:

“This new initiative aims to encourage new sectors and businesses to develop connected products for the Internet of Things by making 5G licensing easier for new entrants to understand. Our group includes companies that have worked side-by-side to create world changing wireless and cellular technology standards – including 4G and 5G – and we recognise that getting more high-quality feedback from stakeholders on this draft will enable us to make it more helpful.

“With CEN-CENELEC’s permission we are pleased to launch our easy feedback tool and extend the public comment period to encourage the widest possible consultation.”

About the easy feedback tool

The easy feedback tool has been developed by IP Europe to help businesses and other stakeholders quickly and simply review the contents of the CWA and submit feedback and proposed changes online by:

  • Creating a web portal that lays out the entire CWA document with text fields after each section for comments and (if required) proposed amendments
  • Offering a simple login process allowing stakeholders to save comments as they work so that they can complete feedback over several sessions
  • Simplifying the submission process to one click, automatically formatting comments into the CEN-CENELEC feedback template and submitting them directly to CEN-CENELEC by email (with the stakeholder in copy).


About IP Europe

IP Europe brings together R&D intensive European companies and research institutes committed to innovation, from SMEs to global enterprises and non-profit research entities operating in a variety of industrial sectors. They all share a common goal: to maintain, at all policy levels, strong patent protection for innovators and support recognized fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory standardisation policies adopted by consensus that preserve fair compensation for innovators. IP Europe supports the use of Injunctive Relief against patent infringers and free riders that rely on R&D investments made by others to earn higher profits. 

IP Europe was originally launched by Ericsson, Airbus and France Brevets. The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft participates in IP Europe in its capacity of academic advisor.

For more information, contact: 

Rory Douglas Home
+32 493791528


[1] ftp://ftp.cencenelec.eu/EN/News/WS/2018/SEP/CWA-for-public-comments.pdf

[2] https://www.iptalks.eu/cwa/