Volume 11 Num
2009 International standards and trade policy strategic
Insight Volume 11 Num 4 November 12, 2009 International standards and trade policy strategic developments.
a Brussels speech October 15 DG
Competition Director General Neelie Kroes said
Chief Technology Officers call for a review of the standardization scenario in a Communiqué ... from an October 8 Geneva ITU meeting of high-level, private sector executives called to discuss the standardization landscape, identifying and coordinating standards priorities and ways to best meet the needs of the private sector.
The DRAFT REPORT OF THE Secretariat concerning during the WIPO SCP meeting in Geneva March 23 - 27, 2009 contains the Secretariat's record of the statements of the national delegations and NGO interventions on the WIPO staff SCP/13/2 Report on Standards and Patents. For example Willingmyre on behalf of the US Chamber, "In conclusion, the Representative stressed the importance of WIPO joining and supporting other global fora, including ISO, ITU and WTO. The USG representative stated: The Delegation believed that a patent owner should be provided an incentive to have its proprietary technologies included in the standard under fair and reasonable terms. KEI proposed: establishment of a working group on patents and standards.
Not everyone is pleased with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, passed in August 2008 and which set mandatory testing standards for toys. Some are concerned about the impact on small business
SEC. 304. DEVELOPMENT OF IMPORT SAFETY PROGRAM HR 496 Trade Enforcement Act of 2009 (Introduced in House in January 2009 ) calls for a voluntary government-private sector program (to be known as the `Import Safety Program') to ensure that all goods in the international supply chain do not pose risks to public health or safety, and to facilitate the movement of such goods through the international supply chain.
The 2009 edition of the WTO’s International Trade Statistics, a comprehensive overview of world trade up to 2008, was published in electronic format on 28 October 2009 This publication and its data is available: Charts and tables in Excel format; chapter highlights in pdf format ; statistics in a searchable database
George T. Willingmyre P.E. presented Update on the Dynamic Coalition on Open standards within the Internet Governance Forum and activities within the Yale Information Society Project at the October 5, 2009 meeting of the ANSI Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee.
Law.Gov is a Proposed Registry and Repository of All Primary Legal Materials of the United States According to Carl Malamud, "Public.Resource.Org is very pleased to announce that we're going to be working with a distinguished group of colleagues from across the country to create a solid business plan, technical specs, and enabling legislation for the federal government to create Law.Gov. At the end of the process, we're submitting a report to policy makers in Washington. This is an organization related to the one about which GTW incorrectly predicted last October might be the object of copyright infringement for posting scanned copies of copyrighted codes and standards that had been embodied or referenced by laws, codes or regulations and thereafter been posted to a public website and made publicly available.
GTW Associates President Willingmyre recently served as an expert witness for Shook Hardy & Bacon in connection with a patent litigation matter that was successfully resolved on terms favorable to the client. Willingmyre was retained in the matter to address issues related to standards setting and the patent policies of the IETF and the Telecommunications Standards Bureau of the ITU
A NIST federal register request Wednesday October 28 calls for new members of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and for nominations to its Governing Board . The notice requests comments on the draft Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Charter and Bylaws. The proposed bylaws contain a highly precedential intellectual property policy. The wording and impacts of the policy seem to have triggered widespread debate about the public right to "access" to the IP related to standards to be used by government. The wording of the policy and the applicability of its provisions to the standards that will be used in the smart grid is unclear to some. It is part of bylaws of a private sector organization the SGIP. NIST had previously listed 16 standards at Standards Identified for Inclusion in the Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework, Release 1.0 and 17 more beginning on page 32 DRAFT NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smartgrip Interoperability Standards Release 1.0 (DRAFT) There have been suggestions there are issues of availability of some of these standards consistent with the IP policy provisions in the proposed bylaws. What IP policy applies to the standards to be used in the smart grid?
Council concluded on October 30 in Geneva.
On the Council agenda for discussion Tuesday October 27 was
discussion of activity pursuant to “Resolution
76 Studies related to conformance and interoperability testing,
assistance to developing countries, and a possible future
The Federal Federal Emergency Management Agency announces October 16, 2009 its intent to select three standards for adoption in the Voluntary Private Sector Accreditation and Certification Preparedness Program (``PS-Prep'') According to a December 24, 2008 Federal register notice ANSI-ASQ ANAB will be the ``selected entity'' ... to develop and oversee the certification process, manage accreditation, and accredit qualified third parties to carry out certifications
GTW Associates President George Willingmyre is working with Ms
GTW President Willingmyre presented "Considerations for global business concerning treatment of Intellectual Property related to standard-setting" at a September 8 internal webinar for the patent attorneys of a Fortune 50 Global US Corporation "Advising Clients on Standards-Setting Organization Participation"
GTW welcomes the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) as standards developer client. ACCT establishes and promotes the standard of care and measure of excellence that defines professional practice and effective challenge course programs. GTW Associate James Converse will now support ACCT in addition to the Bearing Technical Committee of the American Bearing Manufacturers Association with ANSI procedures and policy matters. GTW Associate President Willingmyre will provide strategic counsel to both organizations.
GTW announces the availability of Dr. Richard J. Forselius as lecturer or counselor or consultant on strategic standards management for business. Dr Forselius has impressive credentials within the US and international private sector consensus standards community.