Comparison of the rules that govern 12 standards organizations: 3GPP, Bluetooth SIG, ETSI, FIDO Alliance, GSMA, HDMI Forum, IEC, IETF, MIPI, USB IF, Wi-Fi Alliance, and Zhaga.
Participating in standards development is expensive. The justification depends on the company’s products. Is that product a consumer product, or a component, or a technology license? The benefits and costs are different. Justification is particularly difficult for startups.
Market forces can determine RAND royalty rates for standard essential patents such that (a) the standard is rapidly adopted, (b) royalty rates are accepted by the majority of users without need for litigation, and (c) royalty rates are transparent and non-discriminatory.
Guidelines for facilitators of multi-party contract negotiations. Don’t give parties a lot of time to review draft contracts. Don’t wait until the parties have reached consensus. Don’t fake consensus with ambiguous language. Don’t do page by page reviews.
Guidelines for voting. How to make the most common voting procedures work, taking the unique requirements of industry alliances and consortiums into account. Simple yes/no voting, Voting on a series of options. Quorum, Confidentiality, and Tools.
Review of the book “Why Startups Fail” by Thomas Eisenmann. Data from Eisenmann’s survey suggests that lack of proprietary intellectual property plays a role in the failure of startups. Survival is harder when IPR doesn’t protect the first-to-market advantage.
Two interface standards will compete for adoption when they target the same application and are mutually exclusive (cannot be combined in a single product). Managing competing standards in separate organizations makes it easier to let the market decide the winner.
Robert’s Rules of Order are brilliant. Robert’s Rules of Order are also problematic. The unusual terminology and complexity make it unsuitable for international groups.
Meetings of industry alliances are about getting decisions made. It is the responsibility of the chair to organize the decision-making process. The chair is a facilitator, not the decision-maker.
A multi-day meeting of an international group needs meeting rooms, web meeting facilities, audio conferencing facilities, catering, and nearby hotels and restaurants.
I prefer to bring audio conferencing equipment with me when I organize a meeting. This post covers the requirements for audio conferencing and how to meet the requirements with the Yamaha YVC-1000.
The layout of a meeting room determines how participants interact and how they understand the role of the person chairing the meeting.
Products with standard interfaces are easier to sell, easier to design, and cheaper to manufacture. What are your options when you have decided that a new standard interface is needed to make your product successful?
It was November 2011 and my goal for the meeting was to try avoid a battle between standards for wireless charging of mobile phones. This is the story about the standards battle between the Wireless Power Consortium and Powermat.
Products with a strong network effect are notoriously difficult to introduce. Adoption is slow compared with other products. For such products, a successful market introduction often requires cooperation between companies.
Developers of standards don’t like it when a patent owner blocks the use of their standard. The considerable effort that goes into developing a standard, typically hundreds of man-years, is wasted when that standard is not used.
The availability of historic data on the sales volume of Wi-Fi and CD-Recordable makes it possible to estimate the effect of patent royalty payments on the adoption of standards.
Comparing different methods that have been tried to determine the RAND royalty rate for a subset of all essential patents, and suggesting a method that is based on each patent’s contribution to generating license income.
Each new industry standards group will need a name, a logo, and a website. What are good names and logos? How to find them, design them?