On 5 July 2023 the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) published the SEPs questionnaire for SME,small-cap and mid-cap businesses: Summary of Responses.
The survey was launched on 21 March 2023 and ended only a month later. The survey was composed of a set of 33 questions which were set to solicit information from SMEs, small and mid-cap companies information as to how Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) and licensing frameworks function in their experience. The results of the survey are intended to assist the UK Government in better understanding their viewpoints.
The survey asked about SMEs' participation in standardization, their knowledge of SEP licensing and how they settled any disputes. Additionally, it gave a chance for respondents to discuss ideas for enhancing the system to promote SME engagement in standardization and increase transparency in SEPs licensing.
The UKIPO will deliver its overall results to UK Government to be taken in consideration for any future policy interventions. Public input will be sought before implementing any possible intervention measures. Read more