Righting the Course: What the DOJ Should Do About the IEEE Business Review Letter

4 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2017

See all articles by Koren W. Wong-Ervin

Koren W. Wong-Ervin

Jones Day; George Washington University

Date Written: August 14, 2017


Standard-development organizations (SDOs) “vary widely in size, formality, organization and scope,” and therefore individual SDOs may need to adopt different approaches to meet the specific needs of their members. Critically, to balance the needs of both contributors and implementers, SDO policies must be developed through transparent and consensus-based processes. Issuance of best practices by a government agency may unduly influence private SDOs and their members to adopt policies that might not otherwise gain consensus support within a particular SDO and that may not best meet the needs of that SDO, its members, and the public. Accordingly, the U.S. antitrust agencies have taken the position that they do “not advocate that [SDOs] adopt any specific disclosure or licensing policy, and the [a]gencies do not suggest that any specific disclosure or licensing policy is required.”

Keywords: antitrust, Department of Justice, intellectual property rights, standard-development organizations, standard-essential patents

JEL Classification: K21

Suggested Citation

Wong-Ervin, Koren, Righting the Course: What the DOJ Should Do About the IEEE Business Review Letter (August 14, 2017). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 17-34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3018624 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3018624

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