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JRC Study on the Interaction between Open Source Software and FRAND licensing in Standardisation

Jul 10 2018

Services of European Commission, the Joint Research Centre and Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, have initiated a study on the Interaction between Open Source Software and Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licensing in Standardisation. The study will be carried out in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute of Open Communication System FOKUS and the Open Invention Network.

Amongst other research items, the study includes a set of practical case studies and a stakeholder workshop. The study will be finalized in 2019.

This projects follows up the 2017 European Commission communication 'Setting out the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents', where the EC announced plans to 'work with stakeholders, open source communities and SDOs for successful interaction between open source and standardisation, by means of studies and analysis'.

Contact: Nikolaus Thumm