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EU Commission Investigating ETSI IPR Rules


New York, Jun 13, 2005

The European Commission is investigating the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the organization responsible for information and communication technology standardization activities in the European Union. The inquiry relates to concerns that lax ETSI intellectual property rights rules have allowed companies to include patents in standards that can later be exploited for financial gain by demanding royalties from other groups using the technology.

The Financial Times quoted a commission letter to ETSI as saying current rules “do not appear to be able to prevent a situation where a company can potentially acquire a dominant position via a 'patent ambush'.”

ETSI plans to work closely with the EU Commission and review its IPR policy to maintain it is fair and reasonable, according to an ETSI spokesperson.

About ETSI
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) plays a major role in global standardization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), including telecommunications and broadcasting. ETSI unites around 700 member companies from nearly 60 countries, including manufacturers, network operators, administrations, service providers, research bodies and users – in fact, all the key players in the ICT arena

For more information: www.etsi.org

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