Inside The IEEE's Important Changes To Patent Policy

Law360, New York (April 3, 2015, 11:04 AM EDT) -- In the first quarter of 2015, some important changes to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association's patent policy took effect. The changes are an attempt by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers to clarify for their members the definition of reasonable and nondiscriminatory licensing.

The changes were implemented after being in development for nearly two years. Prior to implementation, two important hurdles were overcome. First, in December 2014, the IEEE-SA's board of governors approved the proposed amendments. Second, in early February, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division issued a letter stating that they would not challenge...

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