Announcement IPR in ICT standardisation workshop November Brussels ICT
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Announcement "IPR in ICT standardisation" workshop 19 November 2008, Brussels ICT standardisation is facing an increased impact from the inclusion of “patented” technologies in ICT standards and specifications, which raises a number of questions to be addressed. For ICT standardisation to continue its role as a major instrument to support competitiveness, to increase interoperability and to respond to industry expectations and societal needs, an adequate balance has to be found between the needs for standardised approaches and the interests of the IPR-owners. Standards developing organisations should be able to implement effective IPR policies while respecting the requirements of competition law. The European Commission is therefore organising a one-day workshop on intellectual property rights and ICT standards on 19 November in Brussels. ICT standards development and use are market-led and voluntary. EU ICT standardisation policy aims to promote competitiveness and standards use in the public interest, while also encouraging innovation, industry collaboration and competition in the market place. In this context, as part of the EU ICT standardisation policy review, the workshop will aim to discuss issues related to the inclusion of patented technologies in ICT standards and specifications. The workshop will feature keynote addresses from senior officials of the European Commission. The day’s agenda will be organised around four panels. The topics to be addressed will include the complex relationship between ICT standardisation policy, intellectual property and competition law; the balancing of interests of IPR licensors and licensees; and the relationship between IPR, interoperability, competitiveness, and the support of innovation. Industry, standards organisations, public authorities including patent offices, users and consumers will each bring their own perspectives. Short introductory remarks by panellists will be followed by discussion. A detailed agenda for the workshop as well as a link for electronic registration will shortly be available on this website.