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Upcoming: Balancing Antitrust and IPR Protection in EU Legislation

Posted by on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The IPR Strategy recognizes explicitly that IPRs create a host of ways for innovators to extract value and reward, and that each is valid. It recognizes that businesses should not be hampered in finding new models to value their IPR. Most strikingly for the standards world, the Communication expressly recognizes in the context of standardization that licensing is an important part of it and that “many European companies nowadays generate a large part of their revenue through licensing of their IP portfolios (page 5)”. The IPR strategy only refers to standardization once, at page 5, and it is interesting that the text looks only at the importance of IP licensing regimes (and by implication the success of the current FRAND patent policy underlying the global standards world), not only in fostering take up for standards, but in incentivizing repeat contributions to allow the standards to evolve…..

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Upcoming: A Single Market for IPR – Necessary, but not comprehensive enough

Posted by on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The Communication of the European Commission about a “Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights” provides a comprehensive approach of initiatives covering all relevant Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). However, the approach is not comprehensive enough to boost innovation in Europe……

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Upcoming: Putting Knowledge into Practice

Posted by on Monday, June 6th, 2011

Most European-based institutions – not least the European Commission – consider IPRs to be an important aspect (among other issues) in the EU’s ability to compete in the global economy, as EU growth and jobs are hampered when ideas, brands and products are counterfeited and pirated.

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Week in Standards – Week 21, 2011

Posted by on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Here is this week’s week in standards.

Web Standards

Mobile Apps “May Soon Be Dead”

On the day that Gartner reports the growth of the smartphone market by 85%, comes the counter intuitive suggestion that very soon mobile apps will be dead. Apps are, of course, the main reason people buy smartphones.
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Week in Standards – Week 19, 2011

Posted by on Friday, May 13th, 2011

It has been a long two weeks in the UK with celebrations of the Royal wedding and now we are back after a bit of a break.  Again we have a wide range of standards related news and I hope you enjoy it!

Web standards

Adhering to OGC SWE Standards Simplifies Sensor Web Development

The SWE Common Service Model interface standard can be applied across services, which either require information from sensors or give information about sensors. In all the cases involving access and management of sensors through service interfaces the OGC SWE Interface standard can be applied.
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Worth Noticing! SIIT 2011 Conference

Posted by on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The Standardisation and Information Technology conference (SIIT) is a conference held every two years with the intention of bringing together standardisation researchers from different disciplines to exchange insights on standards and standardisation.

The year the event will be held in Berlin on 28 – 30 September 2011, hosted by Talkstandards affiliates Berlin Institute of Technology (TU-Berlin) and Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems, represented by talkstandards regular Knut Blind (

Note: the organisers have extended the submission deadline.

For more information please see the event’s homepage:

Week in Standards – Week 16, 2011

Posted by on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

As we near the end of the month and the Easter break, a lot has happened in the world of standards. Next week, we will post a monthly summary but for this week, here are the latest developments in Standards. Please feel free to leave any comments/suggestions in the comment section below.
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Worth Reading: A Tale of Two Tragedies – A plea for open standards

Posted by on Monday, April 18th, 2011

A Tale of Two Tragedies – A plea for open standards” by Maurits Dolmans – published recently in the “International Free and Open Source Software Law Review” ( – contrasts and compares the benefits of royalty-free licensing to that of FRAND in the context of the European ICT sector and examines a number of proposed criteria for defining an Open Standard.
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The Rise and Fall of Standardization

Posted by on Friday, April 15th, 2011

Standardization is quite different than standards.  A standard is an agreed reference.  Standardization describes the process of creating a reference – that is, how an agreement on a reference is attained:
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Worth Reading: Do Royalty-Free Standards “Stifle Innovation?”

Posted by on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Andy Updegrove recently posted an interesting article on his site – – regarding recent objections to the new British “Procurement Policy Note – Use of Open Standards when specifying ICT requirements”. (LINK)

The new policy “recommends that Government departments should wherever possible deploy open standards in their procurement specifications” and defines an Open Standard as a standard made “irrevocably available on a royalty free basis”.
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