A patent that protects technology essential to a standard is called a Standard Essential Patent (SEP). In the world of SEPs, incentivising the development of new technologies while ensuring smooth and wide dissemination of standardised technologies based on fair access conditions is of utmost importance.
From this point of view, the European Commission has recently published a Communication on "Setting out the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents" by considering that there is an urgent need to set out key principles that foster a balanced, smooth and predictable framework for SEPs.
The Communication draws on the responsibility of all actors in the SEP licensing context, and all stakeholders are encouraged to contribute to making this framework work in practice.
You can access the full text of the Communication by clicking here.