Technology Standards and Standard Setting Organizations: Introduction to the Searle Center Database

62 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2017 Last revised: 6 Feb 2018

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Date Written: February 2, 2018


This article describes the Searle Center Database on Technology Standards and Standard Setting Organizations (SSO). This database combines comprehensive information on technology standards, SSO membership and SSO characteristics in a format designed for economic research. In particular, the database includes data on quantifiable characteristics of 797,711 standard documents issued by 615 SSOs, institutional membership in a sample of 191 Standards Organizations, and the rules of 36 SSOs on standard adoption procedures, standard-essential patents (SEP), participation and openness. Using the Internet Archives, we track both institutional membership and the SSO rules and procedures over time since the inception of the Archives in 1996. We identify 69,572 entities participating in at least one Standards Organization. The paper describes how to combine this data with other new databases on standard-related patents and standardization processes at 3GPP; and sketches avenues for empirical research.

Keywords: Technology Standards, Standard-Setting Organizations, Database, Invention, Innovation

JEL Classification: K10, K30, A1, A10, A30, O30, O33, C8, Y1

Suggested Citation

Baron, Justus and Spulber, Daniel F., Technology Standards and Standard Setting Organizations: Introduction to the Searle Center Database (February 2, 2018). Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 17-16, Available at SSRN: or

Justus Baron

Northwestern University - Center on Law, Business, and Economics ( email )

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Daniel F. Spulber (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )

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