(Source European Commission)
A patent that protects technology essential to a standard is called a standard-essential patent (SEP). Patent-holders commit to licence their SEPs to users of the standard on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions. However, the system for licensing SEPs is not transparent, predictable and efficient.
This initiative will create a fair and balanced licensing framework and may combine legislative and non-legislative action.
Type of act
Proposal for a regulation