[A2k] Statement by the EU and its Member States on the preliminary study on standards and patents

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Thu Oct 14 07:12:34 PDT 2010


15th Session
(Geneva, 11 to 15 October 2010)

Statement by the EU and its Member States on the preliminary study on  
standards and patents (SCP/13/2)
Mr. Chairman,

1.On behalf of the European Union and its twenty-seven Member States,  
we wish to thank the Secretariat for the preparation of the  
preliminary study regarding standards and patents. This study provides  
clear general descriptions of standards and standard-setting  
processes. It refers to the need to clarify relationships between the  
standardisation system and the patent system and provides information  
on possible mechanisms for preventing conflicts.

2.The study tackles a large number of important issues, including the  
patent policies of standard-setting organizations, patent pools, legal  
mechanisms within the patent system, competition law aspects, dispute  
settlement and technical and patent information available under the  
patent system and the standardisation system.

3.The EU and its Member States would like to stress once again that we  
attach importance to these issues. For example, the question of  
“Industrial Property Rights and Competition” is one of the challenges  
identified (as point 3.4.) in the European Commission’s document, “An  
industrial property rights strategy for Europe”, published in July  
2008. Within the framework of this strategy the Commission also  
intends to make an assessment of the interplay between intellectual  
property rights and standards, particularly in information and  
communications technologies.

4.The EU and its Member States believe that the continuation of  
debates on these matters will be helpful.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.


Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
thiru at keionline.org

Tel: +41 22 791 6727
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