A Short Summary of the Recently Leaked EU Regulation Proposal on Standard Essential Patents

EU institutions have recently paid attention to Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) and how the SEPs framework could be improved to encourage innovation while also promoting competition and satisfying consumers’ interests. In its 2020 Intellectual Property Action Plan on IP, for example, the Commission stressed the need to set the right conditions for a transparent, predictable, and efficient SEPs system; and in February 2022, it invited parties to express their views and experiences to improve such system, in particular the transparency and predictability of the licensing framework.

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