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ICT standardisation faces an increased impact from the inclusion of "patented" technologies in ICT standards and specifications which raises a number of questions to be addressed. For ICT standardisation to continue its role as a major instrument to support competitiveness, to increase interoperability and to respond to industry expectations and societal needs, an adequate balance has to be found between the need for standardised approaches and the interests of IPR owners. Standards developing organisations should be able to implement effective IPR policies while respecting the requirements of competition law.
ICT standards development and use are market-led and voluntary. EU ICT standardisation policy aims to promote competitiveness and standards use in the public interest, while also encouraging innovation, industry collaboration and competition in the market place. In this context, as part of the EU ICT standardisation policy review, the workshop aimed to discuss issues related to the inclusion of patented technologies in ICT standards and specifications. The workshop feature the keynote address from Direcotr-General Enterprise and Industry Mr Heinz Zourek.
The day's agenda was organised around four panels.
Panel 1: The interface between ICT standardisation policy, intellectual property and competition law
Panel 2: Balancing the interests of licensees and licensors
Panel 3: IPR, Interoperability and competitiveness
Panel 4: Identif. of essential IPR, transparency fof licensing and support to innovation
In order to have the broadest number of voices at the workshop, the European Commission accepted written contributions in relation to the subject and the agenda of the workshop.