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Exploring Technology Standards Setting under the Growing Influence of Europe and Asia

Seminar offered during World Standards Week

New York, Aug 15, 2005

A seminar exploring the increasing influence of European and Asian interests on information and communication technology standard-setting will take place in Washington DC on October 5, in conjunction with the ANSI-hosted World Standards Week 2005 events and the Institute's Annual Conference, From A to Veeck: Standardization and the Law.

With the increasing rate of change in technology, emerging economies and regional cooperation, the global standard-setting infrastructure is evolving rapidly. At this seminar, two consecutive panels of experts – one covering Europe and one covering Asia – will review recent events and trends, and attempt, in an interactive format, to paint a clear picture of their impact on international vendors and the standards development community as a whole. The issues that the panels will consider include:

  • The ongoing European Union investigations into "ambush patents" and the scrutiny by EU enforcement authorities of SSO IPR policies;
  • Risks and rewards to Western companies and the standards development community of China’s increasing focus on the strategic importance of standards (and of controlling how they are set); and
  • The increasing adoption of open source software by state, national and regional governments.

The event will feature panels of experts from standard setting organizations, industry and government, and is intended for members and managers of both consortia and accredited standards development organizations. It is intended to complement the next day’s ANSI-sponsored conference that will address the legal (e.g., antitrust and patents, copyright and tort liability) and legislative aspects of standardization and give consideration to the distinction between Open Source and Open Standards.

Open to the public, the event is sponsored by Kavi Corporation, Updegrove LLP, Virtual, Inc. and Jennings Strouss Salmon, and it is one of a series of programs exploring best practices in standard setting. Location is the Marriott at Metro Center, 2 to 5 pm, Wednesday, October 5. Additional details on topics and panelists will be announced as plans are completed, and will also be available at Though there is no fee to attend, space will be limited and prior registration is required.

The conference sponsors have invited ANSI members to participate as part of the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Week 2005 (