Government of India, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, 2016

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has prepared ―Discussion paper on Standard Essential Patents and their availability on FRAND terms, with the objective of inviting views and suggestions from the public at large to develop a suitable policy framework to define the obligations of Essential Patent holders and their licensees. This paper aims 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. By igniting the deliberations on this subject, the department hopes to take a step forward towards achieving the national development and technological goals by protecting private Intellectual Property Rights while securing interest of public at large.

NOTE: The deadline for comments on this paper has passed and comments are no longer being accepted.

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