The Fair Standards Alliance (FSA) is a key contributor to the debate around standard essential patents (SEPs). The FSA advocates for an open and collaborative approach to the licensing of SEPs that are needed for the creation of the next generation of wireless technology products. We are contributing to the future of balanced SEP policies as the European Commission advances its Digital Single Market objectives and as other policy makers around the world look into these issues.

The Fair Standards Alliance is an association created in 2015 to strengthen the voice of innovative technology companies of all sizes to ensure that licensing of SEPs required by so many smart devices is done on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis (FRAND).

Our activities include high level meetings at the European Commission, European Parliament as well with Member State Permanent Representations in Brussels. We also participate in European and global public consultations in relation to SEPs.

Our mission: To contribute to building a balanced framework for sustainable licensing of standard essential patents that fosters creativity, innovation and job creation in Europe and beyond. 

FRAND  means:

Licenses for SEPs should be available at any point in the value chain.
Transparency should be encouraged.

FRAND royalties should reflect the value of the invention.

Injunctions and similar legal threats should be a last resort.

FRAND commitments should not be compromised because a SEP is sold to another company.