The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the
Ministry of Commerce & Industry on 1st March, 2016 released a
"DISCUSSION PAPER ON STANDARD ESSENTIAL PATENTS AND THEIR
AVAILABILITY ON FRAND TERMS".
The major issue of the discussion paper was the information
showcased regarding the happenings in the Indian Legal Arena
regarding Standard Essential Patents. The aims of the paper is to
sensitize the stakeholders, concerned organization and citizens
towards need and importance of regulating SEPs as well as
facilitating their availability at Fair, Reasonable and
Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms.
The paper clearly highlighted the contrast between SEP armed
with FRAND terms and Competition laws. After being highlighted in
the India, with the cases filed by Telefonaktiebolaget LM
Ericsson against Micromax and other companies
alleging infringement of its patents that were essential to the 2G
and 3G standards, the dire need for developing policy guidelines
capable enough to match the functioning standards of international
requirements shall have to be developed.
A total of 13 questions have been set open for discussion in the
paper and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has
invited views from the concerned stakeholders regarding the issues
The final date for submission of opinions has been set as 22nd
April, 2016 after which the received suggestions shall further be
discussed and assimilated to formulate and publish further
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