Draft CWA “Principles and guidance for licensing Standard Essential Patents in 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), including the Industrial Internet” is open for consultation  

The CEN-CENELEC Joint Workshop “Best Practices and a Code of Conduct for Licensing Industry Standard Essential Patents in the Internet of Things (IoT) / Industrial Internet”, whose Secretariat is held by AFNOR and that is sponsored by IP Europe and Nokia, agreed on a draft CWA. The text of the CWA is now made available for public review and commenting until 13 December 2018. More information on the process to do so can be found on the CEN and CENELEC’s website

After its kick-off meeting on 6 October 2017, the Workshop has brought together the 5G/Internet of Things (IoT) technology (vertical) user communities and the 5G/IoT technology provider (horizontal) communities to discuss and outline licensing best practices and a Code of Conduct for licensing industry Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). Its outcome seeks to reflect and balance the legitimate needs of both communities and so ensure fair and efficient licensing in the IoT.

The draft CWA is now open for any interested stakeholder to comment. Comments received will be reviewed by the Workshop during January 2019. The consensus outcome of the Workshop will then be officially published as a CEN-CENELEC Workshop Agreement (CWA).

 For more information, please contact Luc Van den Berghe (CEN-CENELEC, lvandenberghe@cencenelec.eu ) and Ms. Melissa Jean (AFNOR, melissa.jean@afnor.org).

Note:  In a parallel Workshop, proposed by the Fair Standards Alliance and ACT | The App Association, a set of alternative views on the subject of the licensing of SEPs is being developed, aiming to deliver their CWA early 2019.