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Parliamentary questions
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9 June 2015
Question for written answer E-009315-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Michał Boni (PPE) , Jerzy Buzek (PPE) , Lambert van Nistelrooij (PPE) , Gunnar Hökmark (PPE)

 Subject:  European DSM strategy/R&D, standardisation and patent licensing
 Answer in writing 

The development of mobile telephony based on the GSM and on succeeding standards, and the enormous growth generated through it, have proven that Europe is capable of being successful in the market place. This example shows what we can achieve if we use our technology know-how to benefit from the potential of economies of scale that our European home market offers by developing standardised, interoperable solutions.

Contributors to these future systems should be encouraged to invest in R&D and to contribute their technology to standardisation. Patent protection plays an important role in protecting European value creation and the related employment of highly skilled researchers. The Commission has recognised this in its recent Digital Single Market strategy.

1. How does the Commission intend to establish an overarching policy approach that encourages and incentivises investment in open standardisation in Europe?

2. How does the Commission plan to improve the standardisation policy framework to better ensure that patents — especially in the area of standards (standard-essential patents) — are not infringed upon on a large scale, as is currently the case?

3. Does the Commission see a necessity to reinforce the instruments at the disposal of those who invest in R&D and create standards in order to make sure that others do not free-ride on their technology developments?

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