Standards and Patents


This concept explains why companies need to ensure that their technologies, communications products and components comply with specific standards. Research and case studies highlight legal implications relating to competition and antitrust and offers practical advice on building a patent pipeline.

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Standards and Patents Definition

A standard is “a document, established by consensus and approved by a recognised body that provides, for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context” (European Committee for Standardization, 2010). “A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides a new way of doing something or offers a new technical solution to a problem” (World Intellectual Property Organization, 2012).

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  • BusinessWeek (2007) The World's Most Innovative Companies, Special Report, May 9.
  • European Committee for Standardization (2010) What is a European Standard (EN)?, [Online], available at: http://www.cencenelec.eu/standards/DefEN/Pages/default.aspx.
  • Farrell, J., Hayes, J., Shapiro, C. and Sullivan, T. (2007) Standard Setting, Patents, and Hold-up, Antitrust Law Journal, Vol. 74 pp. 603-70.
  • Grant, R. M. (2008) Contemporary Strategy Analysis, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

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