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Commission seeks feedback on technology transfer law


Rules to strengthen incentives for R&D are under review

The European Commission is seeking feedback on one of the EU’s key regulations on technology transfer, which is intended to incentivise research but is now under review.

Technology transfer agreements are deals that permit an organisation to use another’s intellectual property to produce goods and services. The regulation under review allows the exemption of such deals from EU laws banning agreements between organisations that restrict competition, provided certain conditions are met.

The Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation aims to strengthen incentives for R&D and make technology more broadly available. It is set to expire in 2026, so the Commission is asking for feedback on whether the regulation should be renewed, revised or dropped.

The Commission wants evidence on how the regulation has been applied in practice by companies across the EU, and is seeking feedback by 23 December.