IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology
for humanity, today announced the launch of the IEEE 802.11™ Patent Pool
Exploratory Forum. Through the forum, owners of patents essential to
IEEE 802.11 standards will discuss licensing practices, options for
licensing administration and other issues related to launching a patent
pool for IEEE 802.11-20121 and appropriate extensions to the
The IEEE 802.11 Patent Pool Exploratory Forum was formed at the request
of IEEE members in order to foster one or more patent pools covering
IEEE 802.11-2012 technologies. IEEE in May announced the publication of
IEEE 802.11-2012, which defines the technology for the world's premier
wireless LAN products. IEEE 802.11-based products are often branded as
"Wi-Fi®" in the market. IEEE 802.11 standards underpin
wireless networking applications around the world, such as wireless
access to the Internet from offices, homes, airports, hotels,
restaurants, trains and aircraft. IEEE 802.11's relevance continues to
expand with the emergence of new applications, such as the smart grid
and the "Internet of Things."
The IEEE 802.11 Patent Pool Exploratory Forum is designed to promote the
fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory availability of licenses
essential to IEEE 802.11 through patent pools. The forum intends also to
examine how to streamline the process of pool formation (such as by
reducing the number of preliminary meetings, standardizing documents,
addressing particular legal issues, etc.) in order to make such joint
licensing programs feasible for participation by a wider scope of
industry members and for a wider selection of standards.
"Patent pools can play a valuable role in the lifecycle of a
standardized technology because, for patent owners, they can reduce the
burden of licensing administration and, for implementers, they can
streamline the acquisition of patent licenses required to go to market
with standards-based innovations," said John Whelan, vice chair of the
IEEE 802.11 Patent Pool Exploratory Forum. "I've had experience with a
number of patent pools of a variety of structures, and, in many cases,
the creation of patent pools is simply too protracted, requiring
multiple meetings and the associated travel, effort and expense. One of
the oals of the IEEE 802.11 Patent Pool Exploratory Forum is to see if
we can streamline the process, toward making pooling accessible across a
broader range of standardized technologies."
Thirteen companies are participating in the forum.
Companies that have submitted or intend to submit Letters of Assurance
covering IEEE 802.11 technologies are encouraged to participate in the
IEEE 802.11 Patent Pool Exploratory Forum. To participate or learn more
about the forum, contact Edward Rashba at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Carter Eltzroth at email@example.com.
The forum's next meeting is scheduled to be a teleconference at 6 p.m.
Eastern 29 August 2012.
The IEEE 802.11 Patent Pool Exploratory Forum is an IEEE Standards
Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections activity (http://standards.ieee.org/industryconnections).
Through Industry Connections activities, IEEE-SA facilitates like-minded
organizations and individuals coming together quickly, effectively and
economically to build consensus at strategic points in a technology's
lifecycle. Industry Connections activities have the unique opportunity
to leverage IEEE resources in a customized format to produce a variety
of shared results.
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About the IEEE Standards Association
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body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process
that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community.
IEEE standards set specifications and best practices based on current
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over 900 active standards and more than 500 standards under development.
For more information visit http://standards.ieee.org/.
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1 IEEE 802.11™-2012 "Standard for Information
technology--Telecommunications and information exchange between systems
Local and metropolitan area networks--Specific requirements Part 11:
Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)
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