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We are the World: Globalization, Standards and Intellectual Property Rights

Sep 28, 2007, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"On any given day you can find thousands of words of reporting, advocacy and debate over the role of patents in technology. One side promotes the availability of patent protection as the source of much innovation, while the other contends that they have exactly the opposite effect, and many other vices besides.

"There is, however, one inequity that patents help to perpetuate that gets little attention. That inequity arises in the area of standards, where the owners of patents can exercise significant influence not only over the costs of implementing standards, but over who can reap the greatest economic benefits from producing standardized products at all..."

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