National Research Council, Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, Committee on Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Processes, Patent Challenges for Standard-Setting in the Global Economy: Lessons from Information and Communication Technology (Keith Maskus & Stephen A. Merrill, eds. 2013) (full-text), (Summary).
This book examines how leading national and multinational standard-setting organizations (SSOs) address patent disclosures, licensing terms, transfers of patent ownership, and other issues that arise in connection with developing technical standards for consumer and other microelectronic products, associated software and components, and communications networks including the Internet. Attempting to balance the interests of patent holders, other participants in standard-setting, standards implementers, and consumers, the report calls on SSOs to develop more explicit policies to avoid patent holdup and royalty stacking, ensure that licensing commitments carry over to new owners of the patents incorporated in standards, and limit injunctions for infringement of patents with those licensing commitments. The report recommends government measures to increase the transparency of patent ownership and use of standards information to improve patent quality and to reduce conflicts of laws across countries.