IPR paralysis in standardization: Is regulatory symmetry desirable?

Fear of legal claims on intellectual property rights (IPRs) sometimes paralyzes standards processes. IPR procedures of standards bodies address such problems. However, by default unresolved problems are addressed by the legal regime. The process of JavaTM standardization, which is a red thread in this article, well illustrates what may happen. In case of conflict between IPRs and compatibility interests, the legal regime is such that mostly IPR interests preside. Should we strive for more symmetry between IPRs and compatibility interests? The usual rationale for IPR regulation is that it stimulates innovation. The author argues that the public is equally served by compatibility. She analyses to what degree the public interest in compatibility is institutionalized in European, United States, and international regulation and ends with questions that are meant to fuel policy debate.

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Industrial property, Intellectual property, Java, Standardisation, Standards, Technological innovation

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Language(s):English
AuthorsEgyedi, T.M. (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords:Industrial property, Intellectual property, Java, Standardisation, Standards, Technological innovation
Last update:2001