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Update: Announcement of ANSI Procedural Revisions for Comment


New York, Sep 29, 2006

ANSI announces the following procedural changes for public review and comment:

ExSC 6658—ANSI Patent Policy
The proposed revisions to the ANSI Patent Policy represent the consensus of the Patent Group (and the Policy Committee to which it reports, the Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee) on the highlighted clarifications to the current Patent Policy as contained in the ANSI Essential Requirements. Additional issues are under consideration by the Patent Group on an ongoing basis and further discussions of such issues may result in additional changes to the Patent Policy in the future.

Comments with regard to these proposed revisions should be submitted by Monday, October 23. The text of the proposed revisions can be found in the October 23, 2006, Public Review Comment Deadline folder on ANSI Online.

ExSC 6646—Conflict and Duplication
The ANSI National Policy Committee ("NPC") formed a Task Group in 2004 to consider the procedures associated with "conflict and duplication" contained in the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards ("ANSI Essential Requirements"). The Task Group issued a report on March 28, 2005, entitled Recommendations of the ANSI NPC Task Group on Conflict and Duplication in the American National Standards Process ("NPC Report"). Among other things, the NPC Report noted that, "while conflict between ANS is undesirable, there may be instances when conflict can be allowed, as long as the conflict with an existing ANS does not cause 'harm' and the developer undertook good faith efforts to resolve the conflict through coordination with the related standards development process". The NPC Report also acknowledged that with regard to duplication, the "existing language is sufficient, i.e., that a duplicative standard may be approved if there is 'compelling need'". In keeping with these recommendations, the ExSC approved the following proposed revisions to the ANSI Essential Requirements for public review. (Note: if proposed revisions are approved, footnotes will be numbered appropriately.)

These proposed revisions can be found in the October 30, 2006, Public Review Comment Deadline folder on ANSI Online. Comments must be submitted by Monday, October 30.

Comments should be submitted to psa@ansi.org or via fax (212.840.2298) to the Recording Secretary of the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC). Mailed comments should be sent to ANSI, ExSC Recording Secretary, 25 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

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