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Host of Law Experts to Illuminate the Standards Legal Landscape at ANSI Annual Conference

New York, Sep 16, 2005

Highlighting the 2005 array of World Standards Week activities, the 2005 ANSI Annual Conference on October 6, "From A to Veeck: Standardization and the Law," brings together a group of seasoned veterans with extensive knowledge of the standards/legal environment.

Speakers and panelists will share perspectives on a variety of legal issues:

Panel I: Antitrust/ Patent Issues

This opening panel will explore the antitrust law implications of voluntary standards activities, the negotiation of licensing terms and conditions relating to intellectual property rights (IPR) embedded in standards, the U.S./Federal Trade Commission perspective on antitrust enforcement in the standards-setting environment, patent disclosure policies, and the Standards Developing Organization Advancement Act.

  • Kent Baker, Qualcomm
  • Andrew Berg, King & Spalding LLP
  • Gil O'hana, Cisco Systems
  • Geoffrey Oliver, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  • Richard Taffet, Bingham McCutchen LLP


  • Scott Peterson, Hewlett-Packard Company and chair of the ANSI Patent Group

Panel II: Open Standards / Open Source

The term “open standard” has been used to describe a standard that may be copied, used and distributed for no fee and/or whose embedded technology is irrevocably available on a royalty-free basis. This definition has created some confusion among standards developers and users generally because it is contrary to the process-based definition of “open” and “openness” long held by the American National Standards Institute and many other recognized standards bodies. This panel will give voice to the different interpretations of the terms and how these different documents and approaches coexist.

  • Larry Bassuk, Texas Instruments
  • Marc Sandy Block, IBM Corporation
  • Earl Thompson, SanDisk
  • Andrew Updegrove, Gesmer Updegrove LLP


  • Stephen Oksala, Society of Cable Television Engineers and chair of the ANSI National Policy Committee

Panel III: Tort Liability

During the first panel of the afternoon, industry attorneys with specific standards experience will discuss the tort law implications of voluntary standards activities in the context of cell phone litigation and the welding fume cases, standards developers’ duty of care to implementers, an update on SDO liability, and the status of the Voluntary Consensus Standards Act of 2005.

  • James Carroll, King & Spalding LLP
  • Chip Magid, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
  • Clark Silcox, NEMA
  • Ted Voorhees, Covington & Burling


  • Patricia Griffin, ANSI

Panel IV: Copyright Issues

The last panel of the day covers the nuanced copyright law implications of voluntary standards activities including the impact of Digital Rights Management technologies, a review of when standards become “the law,” such as the Veeck Case and its aftermath, and finally, licensing practices of SDOs.

  • Maureen Brodoff, National Fire Protection Association
  • Amy Marasco, Microsoft Corporation
  • William Scarborough, Project Management Institute, Inc.


  • Dan Bart, Telecommunications Industry Association and chair of the ANSI Copyright Ad Hoc Group

The conference panels will provide high-level insight and offer opportunities for discussion, debate, and a question and answer period on each topic, to give attendees an opportunity to participate and respond.

A final presentation will discuss the treatment of IPR issues as part of the United States Standards Strategy (USSS), given by James Shannon, president of the National Fire Protection Association and chair of the USSS financial and legal subgroup.

For more information or to register for the ANSI Annual Conference and other World Standards Week events, click here.

* Note: This event will be held at the JW Marriott in Washington DC. Check the full World Standards Week schedule for all event venues.

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