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Ed’s Thoughts from the International Intellectual Property Law Association’s Global Summit

The second day was interesting. Much of the debate centered around those in favor of the current Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) standard setting with its Fair, Reasonable, And Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) valuation for participants vs. those who feel the process falls very short. We are currently seeing the debate evolve in real time.

If you do not know the debate, it involves companies like Qualcomm, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and IBM. In the second day’s forum, Qualcomm isolated Apple and two others as having set the IEEE standards and then denying Qualcomm’s appeal.

The debate took a time out, with the IEEE representative stating these issues were outside her area, the questions were forwarded to IEEE headquarters who could respond by email.  Please check out the speeches or blogs on IIPLA from June 7 if you are interested in the particular IEEE standards and FRAND issues or interested in what appears to be an accusation of a failed process.

This is not my, nor my firm’s debate, as we do not have any customers involved in this important issue.

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