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How Many Standards in a Laptop? (And Other Empirical Questions)


Brad Biddle


Arizona State University (ASU) - College of Law

Andrew White


Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Sean Woods


Arizona State University (ASU) - College of Law

September 10, 2010


Abstract:     
An empirical study which identifies 251 technical interoperability standards implemented in a modern laptop computer, and estimates that the total number of standards relevant to such a device is much higher. Of the identified standards, the authors find that 44% were developed by consortia, 36% by formal standards development organizations, and 20% by single companies. The intellectual property rights policies associated with 197 of the standards are assessed: 75% were developed under “RAND” terms, 22% under “royalty free” terms, and 3% utilize a patent pool. The authors make certain observations based on their findings, and identify promising areas for future research.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: standards, SDO, consortia, IPR, RAND, patents

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Date posted: June 3, 2010 ; Last revised: October 22, 2013

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Biddle, Brad and White, Andrew and Woods, Sean, How Many Standards in a Laptop? (And Other Empirical Questions) (September 10, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1619440 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1619440

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Brad Biddle (Contact Author)
Arizona State University (ASU) - College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
Andrew White
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
Sean Woods
Arizona State University (ASU) - College of Law ( email )
Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States
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