Intellectual property disclosure in standards development

R.N.A. Bekkers, C. Catalini, A. Martinelli, T. Simcoe

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Firms often collaborate to produce inter-operability standards so that independently designed products can work together. When this process takes place in a Standard Setting Organization (SSO), participants are typically required to disclose any intellectual property rights (IP) that would be infringed by a proposed standard, and asked for a commitment to license their essential IP on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. This paper describes the IP disclosure process, and provides an overview of a publicly available IP disclosure dataset that the authors have compiled using the archives of thirteen major SSOs. We use these new data to illustrate several major trends in standards development, and to show how "declared essential" patents differ from a random sample of patents of the same vintage covering similar technology.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Eventconference; NBER Conference on Standards, Patents & Innovation; 2012-01-20; 2012-01-21 -
Duration: 20 Jan 201221 Jan 2012


Conferenceconference; NBER Conference on Standards, Patents & Innovation; 2012-01-20; 2012-01-21
OtherNBER Conference on Standards, Patents & Innovation


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