The European Commission takes an important step towards clarifying the meaning of FRAND


Brussels, 6 July 2018

The Fair Standards Alliance (FSA) looks forward to a productive and balanced discussion with the group of experts that will be formed by the European Commission.

Once its members will be appointed, it will be crucial for this expert group to facilitate a constructive exchange of experience and good practice in the field of licensing and valuation of standard essential patents. All views should be represented, from large to small companies across the value chain and industries.

This is an important step towards clarifying the meaning of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing and the framework within which standardized technology is licensed.

The FSA is eager to participate in the expert group on SEPs to support the Commission in further developing its approach to FRAND licensing.

About the FSA:

The Fair Standards Alliance (FSA) has 40+ members, ranging from SMEs to large multinationals, and dispersed through a variety of industries. Our members include car makers, TV broadcasters, telecommunication network operators, cellular handset makers, chip designers, module developers, Wi-Fi companies and many more. We innovate at all levels of the supply chain and throughout industry segments. Innovation is crucial to our members; together, we invest over €100 billion to R&D globally every year, and we have more than 300,000 patents that are either granted or pending. Our members all contribute significantly to the European economy, which benefits businesses and consumers with the commitment to drive innovation, jobs and growth for decades to come.

For further information

FSA General Information: +32 (0)2 2 289 0802, [email protected]

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