How open is open?

In December, the long awaited version 2.0 of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) was released by the European Commission. Version 1.0 had defined “open standard” as royalty-free, a definition of enormous impact on standards policy because it focused on the user perspective rather than the perspective of standards development organizations. Some standards organizations claim that…

Patent Reform On New Subcomittee’s Agenda

As Congress returns this week, intellectual property reform will likely be high on the agenda of the Judiciary committee’s new Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet.  Patent mayhem has not abated during the hiatus in reform efforts.  The unprecedented litigation foodfight in the smartphone marketplace, for example, continues to grow, with Sony filing ITC claims against LG. …

Patent Reform On New Subcomittee's Agenda

As Congress returns this week, intellectual property reform will likely be high on the agenda of the Judiciary committee’s new Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet.  Patent mayhem has not abated during the hiatus in reform efforts.  The unprecedented litigation foodfight in the smartphone marketplace, for example, continues to grow, with Sony filing ITC claims against LG. …

The State of Play On ACTA in the EU

On 15th November the parties negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Australia, Canada, EU, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the U.S.) published the finalized version of the agreement. At the end of November, a so-called technical meeting to finalize the legal wording will take place in Sydney. Today, as a step to clear the…

CCIA Files Comments With French Government’s P2P Infringement Agency

On Friday the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Executive Vice President Erika Mann wrote the French copyright enforcement authority, HADOPI, expressing concern about the unintended consequences of a software specification related to the country’s so-called “3 Strikes” law. HADOPI has asked stakeholders to comment by Oct. 30 on proposed technical characteristics of software that users could be…

CCIA Files Comments With French Government's P2P Infringement Agency

On Friday the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Executive Vice President Erika Mann wrote the French copyright enforcement authority, HADOPI, expressing concern about the unintended consequences of a software specification related to the country’s so-called “3 Strikes” law. HADOPI has asked stakeholders to comment by Oct. 30 on proposed technical characteristics of software that users could be…