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Short Course: Legal Issues in Standard-Setting
NOTE: This course shall not be considered legal advice, but rather a quick overview of things that you might wish to discuss further with your own organization’s legal counsel.

This course will outline how U.S. antitrust laws may apply to the standards development process. You will be provided with a brief background on the laws and some basic guidelines on what can be done, and what should be avoided, at standards meetings.

You will also receive information regarding the policies that guide a standard-setting committee when it wants to include patented technology or material as part of the standard.

The ANSI Essential Requirements are based on practices and court rulings that have affected standards development activities.

SYLLABUS

Applicable Antitrust Laws

NOTE: This module shall not be considered legal advice, but rather a quick overview of things that you might wish to discuss further with your own organization’s legal counsel.

This module will provide an introduction to two antitrust-related statutes most commonly applied to standards development. It will also review tips and practices to keep in mind during the development process to avoid the risk of anti-competitive conduct.

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Applicable Patent Policies

NOTE: This module shall not be considered legal advice, but rather a quick overview of things that you might wish to discuss further with your own organization’s legal counsel.

This module will provide an introduction to patent policies of the:

  • American National Standards Institute
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO),
    International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the
    International Telecommunications Union (Radiocommunications and Telecommunications Sectors)

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Course objectives:

  • Carefully review responsibilities and techniques for effective participation in standards development activities.

  • Learn how to promote and protect your organization’s interests through effective participation in standards development work.


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