IP Europe welcomes the European Commission Communication on Standard Essential Patent (SEP) licensing

Reacting to the adoption of the Communication on SEP licensing, Francisco Mingorance, Executive Secretary of IP Europe, said:

PRESS RELEASE: US Department of Justice provides guidance for a balanced approach of competition law towards standard development organisations and FRAND licensing

[Brussels: 16 November 2017] IP Europe welcomes the recent comments made by the US Assistant Attorney General, Makan Delrahim, on the role of antitrust law in the context of standard setting organizations, or SSOs.

PRESS RELEASE: ‘License to all’ will freeze innovation and destroy high tech jobs in 5G and IoT in Europe

A reinterpretation of the 2011 Horizontal Cooperation Guidelines through a Communication on 5G and IoT is unwarranted, and will have global effects stalling all licensing negotiations, triggering more patent hold-out and litigation, while high-tech jobs leave Europe.

EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations, voices key concerns on EC plans towards a new Communication on SEPs

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:

PRESS RELEASE: ‘License to all’ is a ‘license to kill’ innovation and jobs in Europe

European Commission’s Communication on Standard Essential Patents threatens European innovation industry and technological progress

PRESS RELEASE: Without use-based licensing, a handful of Silicon Valley giants will become gatekeepers of a fragmented Internet of Things

ACT’s call for prohibition of use-based pricing for IoT is a lost opportunity for app developers to call for a reduction of the mandatory 30% tax on their sales revenue demanded by the monopoly owners of app platforms

PRESS RELEASE: Broad spectrum of EU innovators kick-start development of best practice code of conduct for licensing Standard Essential Patents for 5G and the Internet of things

[Monday, 09 October 2017: Brussels] Leading European innovators and international companies developing 5G and the Internet of Things technologies have met to discuss the development of a best practice industry code of conduct on licensing Standard Essential Patents (SEPs).

PRESS RELEASE: New industry Code of Conduct on licensing open standard technologies to bolster European global leadership in 5G and the Internet of Things

European standards bodies begin work with global technology developers and users in Paris on 6th October to create a European Vision for Standards Essential Patent licensing in the field of IoT and 5G.

Apple and Qualcomm’s Billion-Dollar War Over an $18 Part

The following is an excerpt from a Bloomberg article on the Apple-Qualcomm dispute over patent royalties:

Apple faces down Qualcomm, Ericsson over EU patent fees

IP Europe is mentioned in Reuters' latest feature on patent licensing models. As the EU plans to draw up guidelines on how much patent holders can charge for their technologies, executive secretary Francisco Mingorance says:

Why the ETSI IPR Policy Does Not and Has Never Required Compulsory ‘License to All’: A Rebuttal to Karl Heinz Rosenbrock

EPO publication highlights importance of patents for Europe's SMEs

IP Europe's SME Chair Fractus is included in a set of 12 case studies focusing on how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe are using patents to their advantage, published by the European Patent Office.

Silicon Valley giants want to smash standards and grab internet of things

An internet of things based on shared open standards is under threat from Silicon Valley. And EU policymakers could stop them, writes Francisco Mingorance in EurActiv.

CEOs of tech SMEs asked President Juncker to support innovation and open standards

Following the launch of an SME Manifesto on ‘Driving Growth for European Innovators’ in June, a group of CEOs from some of Europe’s most innovative technology SMEs have written to President Juncker to request action on its contents.

A manifesto for innovation

Below is an excerpt of an article published on the 17 August 2017 in World IP Review, based on an interview with Fractus CEO Ruben Bonet. 

Are others’ IP rights worth so little?

Below is the letter to the Financial Times editor sent by Hassan Triqui, CEO of Secure-IC, published 15 August 2017. The original is available at this address.

Sir, Ed Crook’s Big Read article “Industrial futures” (June 28) and the letters from IP Europe (June 30 and August 1), ACT (July 30) and the Fair Standards Alliance (August 7) have sparked debate on whether innovators of open standards, such as 5G, WiFi and NFC, should charge licence fees based on the added value that these patented technologies bring to a product.

Tech licensing system that keeps the giants in check

Below is IP Europe Executive Secretary Francisco Mingorance's letter to the Financial Times editor, published 1 August 2017. The original is available at this address.

Sir, Morgan Reed (Letters, July 28) suggests that inventors of 3G and 4G technologies that invest heavily in the future 5G open standard, underpinning the internet of things, are acting out of greed. His claim is as ironic as it is misleading. European inventors such as Nokia and Ericsson are simply supporting well-established industry best practice.

European SMEs can lead the world in the IoT revolution

European firms can lead the economy of tomorrow if our small and medium-sized companies obtain the necessary support, notably when it comes to innovation incentives and patent litigation, writes Hassan Triqui, the CEO of Secure-IC. This opinion was originally published in EURACTIV

Video: Fractus CEO Rubén Bonet on the benefits of patents for European SMEs

We cannot build the internet of things without open standards

Below is IP Europe Executive Chairman Mogens Peter Carl's letter to the Financial Times editor, published 30 June 2017. The original is available at this address.

Les PME européennes les plus innovantes demandent davantage de soutien pour développer l’économie numérique

Une coalition de dirigeants d’entreprises a remis un Manifeste pour les PME à la Commission européenne

Europe’s R&D intensive SMEs call for support to drive digital economy

European Commission delivered SME Manifesto by a coalition of CEOs

Didier Patry (France Brevets): "The GAFAs reduce the value of patents. Brussels must react"

Innovative start-ups need a solid intellectual property, but do not have the means to assert it. Opinion by Didier Patry, CEO of France Brevets, published today in the French publication, l'Opinion.

Fractus, Catalan technology inside all mobiles

This article was originally published on VIA Empresa.

It might now seem anachronistic but not so many years ago mobile telephones had exterior antennas. That these were later built into the device and capable of receiving different frequencies (3G, 4G, Bluetooth, Wifi...) is in large part thanks to Fractus. "Just about all mobile telephones in the world have our technology,Rubén Bonet, CEO and cofounder of the company based in Sant Cugat del Vallès tells VIA Empresa.

Unleashing the full potential of European Standards for the 21st century. Not possible without SMEs contribution

The need for a single coherent approach towards standardization from European Institutions in support of global competitiveness of European industry, including SMEs. It was the main topic addressed at the breakfast debate “Unleashing the full potential of European Standards for the 21st century” convened at the European Parliament on the 7th of January in which IP EUROPE took part.