The Challenge of patent governance in ICT standards, seen from a patent authority's perspective

dc.contributor.author Karachalios, Konstantinos en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-18T02:40:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-18T02:40:36Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02 en_US
dc.description For more about the East-West Center, see <a href="http://www.eastwestcenter.org/">http://www.eastwestcenter.org/</a> en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper analyzes the use of proprietary technology in key ICT standards, an important challenge for standards policy. However, the gaming and the loopholes between standardisation and patent system leave enough space for extreme individualist optimisation strategies, and thus considerable rent seeking. Thus, civil society and governments increasingly doubt that the existing regulatory frameworks may guarantee a smooth functioning of both systems in the future. However, strong-handed governmental interventions may lead to de facto trade protectionism and serious geopolitical frictions, according to the European Patent Office's (EPO) Scenarios for the Future analysis. To avoid the worst case scenario, patent authorities should depart from their traditionally reluctant stance and assume a more pro-active role in this field. They can improve governance by increasing transparency and promoting respect of the rules at the interface of the patenting and standardisation process. To achieve this, a structured cooperation and exchange of per se public information between patent and competition authorities as well as formal standardisation bodies is necessary. en_US
dc.format.extent 12 leaves en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/15256
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Honolulu, HI: East-West Center en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries East-West Center working papers. Economics series ; no.110 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Information technology - Standards en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Telecommunication - Standards en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Patent infringement en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Patent laws and legislation en_US
dc.title The Challenge of patent governance in ICT standards, seen from a patent authority's perspective en_US
dc.type Papers en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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