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Apple, VW, BMW, Daimler warn EU over biased patent fee guidelines

Sources say the latest Commission draft favours the patent fee model used by Qualcomm and Ericsson

Reuters  |  Brussels 

Apple, Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler have warned EU regulators that adopting patent fee guidelines which favour Qualcomm and Ericsson could hurt consumers and hinder innovation. The companies' lobbying group, the Fair Standards Alliance (FSA), voiced their concerns in a letter dated Oct. 16 to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska and their colleagues. The move comes as the EU executive ponders whether a fridge maker should pay a different rate for crucial patents than a ...

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First Published: Fri, October 27 2017. 00:12 IST