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How OSS licensing could coinhabit with standards development organisations ​- new research

06 December 2018

Two new summaries from researchers at Tilburg School of Law and a Q&A with subject matter expert Axel Ferrazzini

Over the past few years, standards development organisations (SDOs) have been assessing how open source software (OSS) could be used to complement standardisation activities. Given that most SDOs have pre-existing intellectual property rights (IPR) policies based on fair reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) access to essential patents, a key challenge for SDOs has therefore been to determine how OSS licensing could coinhabit with SDOs’ existing IPR policies. This has led to considerable discussion and debate and some confusion.

Visit our Research and Publications sections for new perspectives on this topic from experts at Tilburg School of Law and 4iP Council.