European Commission closes antitrust investigation of royalty-free licensing policy for SEPs

Raphaël De Coninck

On 23 May 2023, DG Competition closed its preliminary investigation of the Alliance for Open Media (AOM)’s royalty-free licensing policy, without further action. AOM members developed AV1, an emerging global standard for video which enables high-quality video while reducing streaming and storage costs. AOM offers the AV1 video standard royalty-free to implementers, subject to reciprocity. AOM’s board-level, Founding Members include Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Google, Huawei, Intel, Meta, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, NVIDIA, Samsung Electronics and Tencent.

A CRA team including Raphaël De Coninck, Dominik Fischer, and Samuel Zimmermann advised AOM during the European Commission’s preliminary investigation.

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