Reaction Part II: Are Europe's SEP proposals fair?


Sarah Speight

Reaction Part II: Are Europe's SEP proposals fair?

In part two of a focus on the European Commission’s proposals to reform standard-essential patent licensing, lawyers share their views on the controversial plans.

Proposed regulations on standard-essential patents (SEPs) offered up by the European Commission (EC) are proving to be somewhat controversial.

The official draft was published on Thursday 27 April—one day later than planned and around a month after an earlier version was leaked, which in itself drew notable consternation.

Now, as the international patent community pores over the revised 77-page document—which, notably, contains significant revisions to the earlier draft—reaction to the proposed regulation is crystallising into fairly widespread criticism.

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