Like US, Britain Eyes Standard-Essential Patent Reforms

By Christopher Cole (December 7, 2021, 6:35 PM EST) -- The U.K. government urged the public Tuesday to weigh in on whether it should make any changes to its approach to standard-essential patents, a day after U.S. regulators sought comments on the same issue.

The Intellectual Property Office in Britain issued a call for evidence to back potential changes to how the government treats licensing for standard-essential patents, which are highly valued because they protect technology that's needed to follow standards. The ability of companies to license the technologies from patent owners on fair terms has often ignited debate in policy circles.

Authorities at the U.S. Department of Justice and the...

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