The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a call for tenders on "pilot project for essentiality checks of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs)".

The objective of this contract is to assess the feasibility of a system that ensures better essentiality scrutiny for SEPs. This includes both the technical feasibility, how better scrutiny possibly could be carried out and institutional feasibility, which institutions could possibly set-up and implement a system of better scrutiny.

Amongst other elements, the analysis should be based on a set of concrete tests of SEPs in order to:

(i) identify best practices on performing essentiality checks;

(ii) find out the best cost effective manner;

(iii) consider policy and legal implications for a scrutiny mechanism for SEPs; and

(iv) identify possible benefits and incentives for the players to pass such a scrutiny.

The maximum duration of the study will be 14 months after the last signature of the contract.

The deadline for submission of the tenders is 05 October 2018.

For more information about the tender, and to access to the related tender documents, please refer to the TED website here.