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ANSI Offers SDO Legal Issues Forum at Annual Conference

New York, Sep 25, 2002

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will be presenting its Third Annual SDO Legal Issues Forum as a special highlight to the Institute's 2002 ANSI Annual Conference, "Breaking Down Borders: Business, Standards and Trade," October 15-16 in Washington, DC. The Legal Issues Forum will respond to recent events in the standards community as they relate to copyright and antitrust law as well as liability claims asserted against standards developers.

Designed to address the concerns of ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers (ASD) and Standards Developing Organizations (SDO), the forum will bring together a distinguished panel of experts to address a variety of legal issues within the context of standards and the standards development process. The SDO Legal Issues Forum has provided a means to track and analyze the changing legal landscape vis-à-vis standards developer community. Legal issues arise throughout the voluntary standards development process, such as challenges to a developer's assertion of copyright in its published standards, negligence/tort claims asserted against standards developers, and antitrust concerns.

The Forum will be moderated by ANSI vice president and general counsel, Amy A. Marasco, who will report briefly on the recent attention to the incorporation of patented technology in standards and the related legal issues being raised.

Maureen Brodoff, vice president and general counsel to the National Fire Protection Association, will explore whether a voluntary consensus standard loses it status as a privately copyrighted document when it is adopted or referred to by a government entity. In particular, she will focus on the recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Southern Building Code Congress, Inc. v. Veeck, which may be reviewed by the United States Supreme Court.

Lawrence G. Keane, vice president and general counsel to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, will discuss the ways in which anti-trust matters can arise in standards-setting activities.

Clark Silcox, counsel to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, will provide an update on the assertion of negligence/tort claims against standards developers in the wake of the Washington State Court of Appeals decision regarding the National Spa and Pool Institute.

Participation in the forum requires advance registration and a payment of $100 with Annual Conference registration, $125 ANSI Members, and $195 Non-members. All those interested in more information about the event should contact Sue Hurst at 212.642.4904 or Pricing includes ANSI Annual Conference Keynote Luncheon and half-day Forum program.

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