October 27, 2008. Patents and Standards at WIPO and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

At KEI Washington, DC offices

Patents and Standards at WIPO and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)




Time:  12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Monday, 27 October 2008. 
Knowledge Ecology International (formerly CPTech)
1621 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 500 (5th floor)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 332 2670


1. Introduction and context

Recently, trade officials from a number of countries have identified patents and standards as an important issue. China has asked the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) to examine this issue.  Now WIPO and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) are expressing interest in this topic. To provide some basic context, there will be three short 5 minute presentations.

George T. Willingmyre, P.E., President, GTW Associates
Dan Bart, Chair, ANSI IPR Policy Committee
James Love, KEI

This will be followed by information discussions of the WIPO SCP and the IGF.


Recently, the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) has published a "WIPO Report on the International Patent System." Written comments on this report from WIPO Members and accredited observers are due by the end of October 2008. At the June 23-27, 2008 SCP meeting, the topic of patents and standards was identified as one of four areas for further WIPO staff analysis, and discussion at the next (yet to be scheduled, but sometime in the 1st quarter of 2009) SCP meeting. Some have proposed that the WIPO SCP consider one or more proposals for a new notice and disclosure agreement in relation to patents and standards.  Other proposals concern the possible role for "soft" IPR regimes in some areas of standards.

What should be the WIPO role in addressing global challenges of managing patents and standards?   

3.  IGF

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be meeting in Hyderabad,India, December 3-7, 2008.  A multi-stakeholder "Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards" (DCOS) was created within the IGF.  There is interest within the DCOS to promote a procurement agreement on Interoperability and open standards.



Ajit Jillavenkatesa, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Brian Kahin, CCIA

Bruce Perens, Open Source expert

Byung Geon Lee, American Antitrust Institute

Christopher Hankin, Sun Microsystems

Dan Bart, Valley View Corporation/ANSI IPR Policy Committee

Donald Purcell, Center for Global Standards Analysis

Eddan Katz, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Elaine Wu, USPTO

Erika Duenas, Embassy of Bolivia

George Willingmyre, GTW Associates

James Love, KEI

Joshua Sarnoff, American University

Judit Rius, KEI

Konstantinos Karachalios, European Patent Office

Lawrence Kogan, ITSSD

Malini Aisola, KEI

Manon Ress, KEI

Marc Sandy Block, IBM

Marcus Williams, IBM

Michael Nelson, Georgetown University

Sherwin Siy, Public Knowledge

Stephen Merrill, STEP, The National Academies

Stephen Mutkoski, Microsoft

Susan Anthony, USPTO

Susan Hoyler, Qualcomm

Thiru Balasubramaniam, KEI



Draft Treaty on Access to Knowledge, Part 6 - Promotion of Open Standards

WIPO Report on The International Patent System, SCP/12/3, Standards

KEI Draft Agreement on Procurement and Support for Interoperability and Open Standards

Dan Bart's presentation on Open Standards

George Willingmyre's presentation

ANSI Open Standards paper, May 2005

ANSI United States Standards Strategy with IPR-related text highlighted

United States Standards Strategy IPR-related excepts

Lawrence Kogan's presentation