EARTO’s newly published position paper provides input to the European Commission’s discussions on the licensing of standard essential patents. Among the main concerns, EARTO lists the following:

  • There is no focus on the European innovation ecosystem and protecting European knowledge-based economy and interests,
  • Applying the concept of “licence for all” would considerably disturb the existing value-chain and would risk lowering the prices of licences for SEPs
  • The global weakening of the IP system that this Communication would induce would considerably endanger innovation processes
  • The perceived problematic interactions between patents and standards are overestimated

The full position paper is available here.