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On World Intellectual Property Day, ANSI Launches IP Survey

New York, Apr 26, 2007

The American National Standards Institute launched a survey today inviting input from all ANSI-accredited standards developers on the ANSI Patent Policy, as well as their respective internal practices regarding copyright issues.

Developed under the auspices of the ANSI Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee (IPRPC) and its two Standing Committees—the Patent Group and the Copyright Group— the survey is open through May 30, 2007. Input received will assist the ANSI Patent and Copyright Groups to identify and address specific areas that require improvement, clarification, or other further attention.

In particular, standards developers are asked to assess the Institute’s Patent Policy with respect to their experience and satisfaction with the document. The ANSI Patent Policy was recently amended to clarify certain points; the new policy will be issued as part of the 2008 edition of the ANSI Essential Requirements. A revised copy of the ANSI Patent Policy (changes shown) is available here.

With respect to copyright issues, the survey queries developers on the level of importance their organizations place on the “copyrightability” of standards and what steps they take, if any, to obtain legal copyright or exploitation rights made by technical committee members or the public during the standards development process. This information will be used to assist the Copyright Group in developing a set of “common practices” that could be shared with all ANSI-accredited standards developers.

Survey responses may be submitted through Wednesday, May 30, 2007.

Questions or comments regarding the survey may be directed to Patricia A. Griffin, ANSI vice president and general counsel (212.642.4954;

Established by the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2001, World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on April 26. The event aims to raise awareness of the role of intellectual property in daily life, and to celebrate the contributions of innovators and artists to the development of society.

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