Insight Volume 11 Num 4  November 12, 2009 International  standards and trade policy  strategic developments. 

The Standards Administration of China has released for public comment “Regulations on Administration of Formulating and Revising National Standards Involving Patents.    The cover page to one of the translations  of  the "Regulations on Administration of Formulating and Revising National Standards Involving Patents”   states  the  strategic importance of the document in explaining why it was prepared:  With a view to properly handling the patent issues involved in national standards, standardizing the disposal of patents involved in the process of formulating and revising national standards, encouraging independent innovations, promoting the rational adoption of new technologies in national standards, protecting the rights and interests of social public, patentees and related right holders and ensuring the effective implementation of national standards    The previous such proposal of a patent policy by the SAC with as broad implications for standards and trade  in China was in 2004.   Several provisions  depending on the translation of the Chinese original text  will  draw attention and may need interpretation and elaboration.  The proposed regulations merit careful review  

During the week of November 4 through 6 the WTO held discussions  on Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA)  in the Doha Trade round.  Non Tariff Barriers to Trade are a significant topic within the negotiations.   Within  NTBs,  Standards and Conformity Assessment arise as a factor in many of the sectoral discussions.   The table of contents of the document   NAMA document  ANNEX 5  NTB TEXTUAL PROPOSALS indicates the sectoral breadth of the negotiations.   

The discussions of the ITU Council October 27 on Resolution 76 concerning interoperability and conformity to ITU standards and a possible ITU marks program  will lead to new ITU activities that merit strategic attention. According to an ITU press release  ITU will implement measures that will give purchasers of ICT equipment a much clearer picture of that equipment’s ability to interoperate with other ICT devices.

 

See also  Insight Volume 11 Num 3 November 1, 2009 International  standards and trade policy  strategic developments.   
 

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