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<title>FSFE responds to EU consultation on patents
and standards</title>
<h1>FSFE responds to EU consultation on patents
and standard</h1>
<p>In order to push for a more enlightened policy
approach to managing innovation and knowledge, FSFE has <a href="/freesoftware/standards/20150213.EC-patents-standards-consultation.FSFEresponse.pdf">submitted a
response</a> [pdf] to an EU consultation on patents and standards. This is
the latest action in FSFE's ongoing work in promoting Open Standards.</p>
<p>The <a href="">consultation</a>, run by the European Commission's
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship
and SMEs, sought input from the public on the interaction of
standards and patents. In its response, FSFE focused mainly on how
patents on computer-implemented inventions negatively affect
competition and innovation in the software market.</p>
<p>We also highlighted that so-called "fair, reasonable and
non-discriminatory" (FRAND) licensing terms are in practice a grave
discrimination against Free Software programs. In many segments of
the software market, these programs are the most significant
competition to non-free offerings. FSFE recommends that standards
organisations instead implement the successful patent licensing
policies of the W3C and other bodies, and make the restriction-free
licensing of standard-essential patents mandatory.</p>
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