ITU Workshop: “Intellectual Property Rights and ICT standards implementation”
Geneva, 01 July 2008
In 2007, the world’s leading international standards organizations, IEC
(International Electrotechnical Commission), ISO (International Organization
for Standardization) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) adopted
a Common Patent Policy to harmonize approaches to including patented
technology in standards.
In today’s commercial world, especially in information and communication
technologies (ICT), it is difficult to develop technical standards without
implicating patents. It is important to find the right balance between the
interests of all of the relevant stakeholders, including patent holders,
implementers of the standard, and end-users while seeking to enable
solutions to market-driven needs on a global basis. The common policy
provides reassurance to industry that its interests are protected when
sharing intellectual property with implementers of standards.
The policy adopted by the three organizations strongly encourages the
disclosure of patented technology which is necessary for the implementation
of a standard as early as possible. It allows for companies’ innovative
technologies to be included in standards – and broadly shared within the
industry - as long as such intellectual property is made available under
reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions.
This workshop is being convened to provide a forum, hosted by the ITU, to
discuss current issues relating to the inclusion of patented technology in
standards and the patent policy approaches to address those issues.
International experts from both the public and private sectors from around
the world will help provide an overview of the issues and share their
insights on present and future developments.
Session topics will include:
The workshop will feature three panels of distinguished experts from
different regions of the world.
- The first panel will focus on the current perspectives of
representatives from the public sector on some of the current issues
being debated. It will also discuss the role of government in providing
input on patent policy approaches being considered or adopted by
- The second panel will discuss the views and role of Government
Patent Offices in standards IPR policy debates. It will also explore the
possible interfaces that such Offices might have with standards-setting
organizations and whether there is an opportunity for them to work more
- The third panel will focus on the current IPR policy debates taking
place within standards-setting bodies from different geographical
regions. These organizations and their stakeholders often deliberate
whether certain proposals to revise their operative patent policy will –
or will not - improve the standards-setting process and make it more
effective or efficient. The panelists will provide insight into the
issues recently or currently being debated at the standards-setting
organization they each represent and the conclusions that were reached.
The exchange of ideas and experiences facilitated by this workshop will
provide valuable insight and input that can help to guide future discussion
of the related issues – both at the ITU and in other fora.
Who should attend?
- Governments’ Perspectives on Standards and IPR Policy Issues
- PTO perspectives on Standards and IPR Issues
- Standards-setting bodies’ Perspectives on Standards and IPR Issues
This workshop should be of interest to a range of different stakeholders from around the world – whether they are participants in or beneficiaries of the standardization process, industry representatives, government officials or standards body experts.
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