A meeting held last Friday inside the European Commission between various directorates-general that was supposed to finalise the wording of a keenly-anticipated Communication on the licensing of standard essential patents broke up without resolution, IAM has learned. It had been expected that following very strong advocacy from the highly influential Competition DG the document would back a “license for all” approach to making SEPs available. This would have represented a major victory for big technology companies and other implementers, which had been lobbying hard for such an outcome, as well as a rejection of the so-called ‘use-based’ or ‘value-based’ licensing approach favoured by many SEP owners.

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