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NISO Publishes White Paper on Patents and Open Standards

:: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a white paper on Patents and Open Standards by Priscilla Caplan, Assistant Director of the Florida Center for Library Automation. This white paper is a timely reminder to everyone involved in standards development of the relationship between standards, patents, and the policies of standards development organizations. Originally published as the feature article in the October 2003 issue of Information Standards Quarterly, NISO is making this important information available as a free electronic download from its website: http://www.niso.org/press/whitepapers/Patents_Caplan.pdf

The paper reviews some patent basics and then considers the following questions:
What is an "open standard"?
What are the policies of other standards setting organizations governing patented contributions to standards?
What are the implications for NISO?

The paper concludes with an update from NISO on their recently adopted Patent Policy. (Via: Cynthia Hodgson at NISO.)

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