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:

  • 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.