Open Standards

Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law, Vol. 2: Administrative Law, Trade, Privacy, Tort, Copyright and Trademark (Jorge L. Contreras, ed., Cambridge Univ. Press 2019, Forthcoming)

University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-38

36 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2018

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Jay P. Kesan

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: October 3, 2018

Abstract

“Open standards” is a fluid term encompassing those standards, which are available to be employed to develop multiple implementations compatible with the standard. No single definition can encompass what makes up an open standard, although there are many consistencies between experts, scholars, and lawmakers in their attempts to define the term. The main reasons behind governments adopting open standards are to reduce costs by preventing vendor lock-in and promoting interoperability between different implementations and technologies. However, achieving interoperability between multiple independent implementations that are compliant with a particular standard remains a significant challenge.

Suggested Citation

Kesan, Jay P., Open Standards (October 3, 2018). Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law, Vol. 2: Administrative Law, Trade, Privacy, Tort, Copyright and Trademark (Jorge L. Contreras, ed., Cambridge Univ. Press 2019, Forthcoming); University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-38. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3260138

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