18 December 2019PatentsRory O'Neill

Stop SEP owners from ‘stifling’ innovation, plead tech and auto industries

Technology companies and carmakers have appealed to the European Commission to intervene to ensure that standard-essential patents (SEPs) are licensed on fair terms.

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20 December 2019   US officials have said that standard-essential patent owners who seek injunctions to stop the sale of infringing products will no longer be pursued under competition laws.
16 January 2020   Tech and auto companies including Apple, BMW, Microsoft, and Samsung have urged the European Commission to take action to stop European courts from issuing automatic injunctions in favour of so-called ‘patent trolls’.
26 November 2020   The European Commission has promised to “reduce frictions” and bring down the level of litigation surrounding standard-essential patent licensing in the auto industry.