BRUSSELS (Reuters) – the Rival proposals for a community patent guidelines relating to the technology are of vital importance for the construction of the self-driving cars and internet-connected vehicles are set up, tech companies and car makers are on a collision course.
FILE PHOTO: People walk by a display promoting to 5G connectivity that the Qualcomm booth during the 2019 at the latest CES show in Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photo
The differences between the companies such as Qualcomm, Nokia, and car manufacturers such as BMW and Daimler ag on the patent conditions, which increases the prospect of the legal challenges and anti-trust suits, which have been created in other industries that are dependent on access to technology.
In May, a U.S. district court told us We have to overhaul its business practices to be illegal, the suppression of competition in the smartphone chip market, by threatening to cut off the supply and extract excessive licensing fees.
Tech companies and auto manufacturers have outlined their positions in the two different sets of guidelines with regard to the manner in which the cost is calculated, and the terms and conditions for the use of the patented technology.
The two sets of guidelines is to provide for the support of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).
Even though the guidelines are voluntary, in the absence of a broad-based agreement, it can mean that the dispute can escalate.
IP of Europe, a lobby group that includes Nokia as well as other European telecom companies such as Ericsson and Orange, said its new guidelines would be in support of small-and medium-sized enterprises (Smes), as they are developing the technology.
“I believe that the principles and guidance for Smes to gain a better understanding of the cellular licensing process, making it easier for them to take part in the cellular development of standards and licensing,” IP-Europe: SMES-President, Rubén Bonet, he said.
The rival guidelines have been put forward, with the support of the 56 organisations that are Mercedes, BMW, Renault and Honda.
They have made a proposal for a code in which the six guiding principles for the assessment of the question of whether the licensing fees for essential patents are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory manner.
“You can have a look at guidelines and make their decisions,” said Michael Alto, the president of App-Association.
Car manufacturer, Daimler ag, automotive supplier, Continental and auto parts firm Valeo have already filed a complaint with the European Union anti-trust regulators in the past about the Nokia codes, for the use of the telecommunications equipment maker’s patents that are essential to the development of smart cars and self-driving cars.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Edmund Blair