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Parliamentary question - E-000530/2023Parliamentary question

Protection of intellectual property rights in the single market

Question for written answer  E-000530/2023/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Andreas Schwab (PPE)

With its unambiguous framework for intellectual property (IP) protection, the single market is the backbone of European industry. Shenzhen-based Transsion Holdings is a Chinese manufacturer of mobile telephones. It is the only major handset maker worldwide that operates without EU- or US-developed licences for IP, which are essential to access cellular standards.

European leadership in standards development depends on enforceable ownership rights for the standard-essential patents underpinning fundamental technologies, such as the 5G cellular standard. The ever-accelerating evolution of cellular standards in Europe is financed through the licensing of standard-essential technologies. Therefore, IP protection with regard to cellular standards has a key role to play in achieving the connectivity targets of the EU’s Digital Compass.

Submitted: 21.2.2023

Last updated: 7 March 2023
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