N A T I O N A L   R A D I O   S Y S T E M S  C O M M I T T E E

NRSC

Procedures

Manual

(Adopted on April 5, 2007)

 

7.2.5.1 Patent Policy

Reasonable efforts shall be made to notify participants that they are required to identify relevant patents at the earliest point in standards development. These efforts shall include a call for intellectual property (IP) proffers on all draft standards. In addition, calls for disclosure may be made during meetings. Requirements in NRSC standards that are known to call for use of a patented item or process may not be considered by formulating groups unless all of the relevant

technical information covered by the patent or pending patent is known to the formulating group, and the responsible Co-Chairs and CEA and/or NAB Engineering staff have received a statement from the patent applicant or holder indicating compliance with the NRSC intellectual property rights policy by stating one of the following:

1) a license shall be made available without charge to applicants desiring to use the patent for the purpose of implementing the standard(s) under reasonable terms and conditions that are demonstrably free of any unfair discrimination, or

2) a license shall be made available with charge to applicants under reasonable terms and conditions that are demonstrably free of any unfair discrimination.

In either event, the statements from the patent holders shaII be submitted to the CEA and NAB General Counsels for review. Neither CEA nor NAB have the expertise to evaluate each patent, application or license, and relies on the applicant’s or holder’s statement.

 

 


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