Unique – EU tweaks draft patent guidelines making it simpler for patent holders to sue



By Foo Yun Chee

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Fee has tweaked draft patent guidelines to make it simpler for patent holders to sue corporations over royalty disputes following criticism that an earlier draft favoured customers whereas limiting patent house owners from searching for injunctions.

The EU government, which is able to announce the draft guidelines on Wednesday, is hoping the transfer will finish expensive authorized spats over patents important to key applied sciences for telecoms tools, cell phones, computer systems, related automobiles and good gadgets.

Cell know-how was a hotbed of patent litigation within the earlier decade involving Apple Inc, Microsoft, HTC Corp, Motorola, Samsung Electronics and Nokia.

EU officers say worries of a patent warfare involving the automotive business and the Web of Issues know-how in addition to China’s rising share of key patents have been key causes for the Fee’s proposed guidelines.

The most recent draft seen by Reuters permits patent holders to ask a courtroom for injunctions towards infringing corporations even whereas the 2 sides negotiate on honest, affordable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) royalties beneath the auspices of the European Mental Property Workplace (EUIPO).

An earlier draft blocked such authorized motion till the conclusion of the FRAND-setting course of inside 9 months.

“The duty to provoke FRAND dedication shouldn’t be detrimental to the efficient safety of the events’ rights,” the most recent proposal mentioned.

“In that respect, the get together that commits to adjust to the result of the FRAND dedication whereas the opposite get together fails to take action needs to be entitled to provoke proceedings earlier than the competent nationwide courtroom pending the FRAND dedication.”

Patent house owners say injunctions assist to guard their rights whereas opponents say such bans can inflate royalties and stifle competitors.

The draft guidelines should be agreed with EU international locations and the European Parliament earlier than they’ll turn into legislation.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Enhancing by Sonali Paul)

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