Commissioer Kroes speaks on standards and competition policy

On 15 October 2009 Commissioner Kroes gave a speech that addressed the European Commission’s thoughts on standards, reflecting the experiences gained from Commission’s recent and pending standards-related cases. In particular, the speech touches upon deceptive practices in standard-setting (patent ambush and ex post hold-up) and IPR policies of standard-setting organizations aimed at preventing the former practices, such ex ante declarations regarding maximum royalties.

The Commission will in appropriate cases address the former set of issues and will provide revised guidance on the latter types of agreements. A draft of the Guidelines on horizontal agreements, updating current guidance on standard-setting cooperation, will according to Commissioner Kroes be ready for public consultation in early 2010. [Juha Vesala]