DIN IPR Policy as of December 14 2009

Dear George,

Thank you for your email regarding IPR and standards.

I have been advised by our legal department that

- DIN 820 "Standardization – Part 1: Principles" (the revision has been published in May 2009),

- DIN 820 "Standardization - Part 2: Presentation of documents (ISO/IEC Directives - Part 2:2004, modified);

Trilingual version CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations - Part 3:2009)"

as well as the

- "Guidelines for Implementation of the Common Patent Policy for ITU-T/ITU-R/ISO/IEC" (1 March 2007), which has been implemented and adapted nationally,

serve as the basic documents for DIN's standardization procedures, and in case patent rights matters arise.

For your information, I enclose the relevant extracts of DIN 820 - Part 1 and Part 2. The English version of Part 1 is currently being prepared. The provisional translation of the relevant clause 7.9 of DIN 820-1: 2009-05 is as follows:

"Standards shall not deal with subjects that are covered by proprietary rights.

If, in exceptional cases, it is unavoidable that existing proprietary rights are affected by a standard, an agreement shall be reached with the holders of such rights that is consistent with the general interest, e. g. granting of licences on suitable and non discriminatory terms. According to DIN 820-2 this shall be mentioned in the standard."

In individual cases letters from patent owners have been received by different standards departments at DIN. These letters are filed by the relevant departments.

I hope you will find this information useful.

Best regards
Maria Albert

Maria Albert

DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V.
International Cooperation
Burggrafenstr. 6
10787 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 2601-2301
Fax: +49 30 2601-1446

Internet: http://www.din.de


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