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Impact analysis and next steps Stakeholders can provide feedback on the Roadmap until 8 May, after which the Commission will publish a Communication in Q2. A Communication is not legally binding in itself, but lays the groundwork for future legislative action. Guidelines on how to implement existing enforcement laws are also foreseen later this year.
The Grayling View Even though the Roadmap and any future legislation would focus on SEP enforcement only, IP enforcement relies more on jurisprudence than legislation, meaning that the European Court of Justice (CJEU) can always have the final word in infringement disputes. Despite the often technical and B2B nature of the issues, patent enforcement remains a contentious and volatile topic in the technology sector, so this process may emerge as one of the surprise contenders for the biggest political battles in Brussels of 2017.
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