26 March 2014
The European Commission has published the new Technology Transfer Block Exemption and the related Technology Transfer Guidelines, which will come into force on 1 May 2014. The TTBE and Guidelines govern the application of EU competition law to transfers and licences of patents, know-how and software copyrights. The main changes relate to restrictions on passive sales of products made with technology licensed by a non-competitor, exclusive grant-backs and no-challenge clauses. There is also new guidance on reverse payment settlements and patent pools.
This briefing outlines the changes.
The New EU Technology Licensing Rules