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12, 2009 International standards and trade policy strategic
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.
Volume 11 Num
2009 International standards and trade policy strategic