March 2018
Gupta, Kirti and Effraimidis, Georgios

IEEE Patent Policy Revisions: An Empirical Examination of Impact

In February 2015, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Standards Association (IEEE-SA) -- one of the largest Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) -- adopted highly controversial changes to its intellectual property rights (IPR) policy. Specifically, the IEEE-SA introduced...Read More

Katznelson, Ron

The IEEE controversial policy on Standard Essential Patents – the empirical record since adoption

Symposium on Antitrust, Standard Essential Patents, and the Fallacy of the Anticommons Tragedy, Berkeley, CA. October 29, 2016.Read More

September 2016
Sidak, Gregory

Testing for Bias to Suppress Royalties for Standard-Essential Patents

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a standards-setting organization (SSO). In 2015, it ratified amendments to its patent policy to mandate that a reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) royalty for a standard-essential patent (SEP)—more...Read More

Kanevskaia, Olia and Zingales, Nicolo

IEEE IP Policy Update Under the Scrutiny of the EC Guidelines on Horizontal Cooperation

[T]he process of the [IEEE] IP Policy Update is unlikely to pass the test introduced in the [EC Guidelines on Horizontal Cooperation] due to its general failure to represent the

view of all affected stakeholders, and its disregard of the transparency and consensus requirements. This...Read More

Layne-Farrar, Anne

A review of IPR policy revisions in the wake of antitrust actions

The debate over potential antitrust concerns for the use of protected intellectual property within standard setting often centers on the rules and regulations in place at Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs). I consider a broader question of IPR policy: what are SSOs doing, of their own...Read More