The European Commission decides on competition rules in the context of standard essential patents

In two decisions of April 29, 2014, the European Commission has clarified its understanding of how standard essential patents shall be used within the European Community by complying with EU anti-trust rules. In one case(Samsung), the Commission has accepted legally binding commitments on standard essential patents to the extent that Samsung will not seek injunctions and has offered a license under so-called “FRAND” (“fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory”) terms. In another case (Motorola), the Commission has ordered Motorola to eliminate the negative effects resulting from the enforcement of a standard essential patent. More details are explained in the press releases under.