Conference on Tensions between IPR and the ICT standardisation process: reasons and remedies

There will be a conference on the topic IPR & standards held by the European Comission DG Enterprise and Industry in Brussels!

Location /Venue: Madou Tower 1 Place Madou B – 120 Saint Josse Ten Noode Brussels

Date: 22 November 2010

Key ICT standards are generally perceived as critical technology platforms with a strong public interest dimension. However, there are growing concerns that Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and their exclusivity potential may hinder or prevent standardisation.

The conference in question, organised by the European Commission (EC) and the European Patent Office (EPO), intends to address specific issues and offer policy solutions on patents and ICT standards, such as whether today’s IPR features are still compatible with fast moving markets and the very complex requirements of ICT standardisation in a global knowledge economy environment. The one-day event is part of an open dialogue process that the EC is undertaking with key stakeholders and the first in cooperation with the EPO in this important domain.

The conference will provide a platform to exchange ideas and suggestions on the following main topics:

  • Who needs standards-related patent registers and what should they look like?
  • Is there a need to improve standards-related patents quality and how can we achieve it?
  • How should ex-ante commitments of licensing terms be best drafted?
  • How to ensure certainty on the availability and continuity of essential IP rights for licensing?
  • What is the best relation between standards and open source software and freely available technologies?

For the two organisers, the conference will serve as a springboard for further events and meetings on relevant issues relating to IPR and ICT standards to improve transparency and predictability in this critical field. The current conference and those to be held in the future will aim at finding policy solutions to the identified challenges.



About timpohlmann

Tim Pohlmann is a post-doctoral researcher in economics at Mines ParisTech and Berlin Institute of Technology. He specializes in the economic analysis of markets for technology. He earned his doctoral degree with the highest distinctions in August 2012 from the Berlin Institute of Technology with a dissertation on patenting and coordination in ICT standardization. Tim’s research covers the empirical analysis of the trade of patents, patent trolls, standardization consortia and patent pools. He has presented his work at a large number of international conferences. Tim has been actively involved in preparing studies for the European Commission and the German Federal Government on the role of patents in technological standardization and business models in Open Source Software. Doctoral Thesis SSRN author page
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