SEPs on the Road: Safeguarding innovation in the automotive industry by advocating for the fair licensing standard-essential patents

Advances in computing and automation are making vehicles smarter and more connected than ever before. From airbag activation detection and emergency response monitoring to pedestrian sensors and keyless ignitions, cars are at the forefront of modern innovation. But the more dependent cars become on connected technologies, the more vulnerable they are to abusive patent licensing schemes.

Technical standards are common platforms that enable innovators to develop – and consumers to enjoy – products that can reliably work together. Licensing patents that are essential to use these standards on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms is critical for promoting competition, innovation, and consumer choice

Save Our Standards is a multi-sector coalition dedicated to reinforcing the importance of a fair and transparent licensing system for standard-essential patents to enable competition and allow all innovators to thrive.