TIA formulates policy and position decisions regarding standards-related policy issues, including issues relating to information and communications technology (ICT) standardization; the role of government in the standardization process; standards’ effect on international trade; and the interplay of standards, intellectual property rights, and related government action. TIA believes that reliance on the voluntary, open, and consensus-based standards process—which includes the protection of intellectual property right (IPR)—is key to enhancing the global competitiveness of the ICT industry. Further, TIA believes that voluntary, consensus-based standards are a critical element for innovation and the continued commercial success of the ICT sector, and should be supported by all governments.
Promoting Openness and Transparency in Standards Development
TIA supports the widely accepted definition of an open standard reflected by the ITU’s Telecommunications Sector (ITU-T) and the Global Standards Collaboration’s (GSC) Resolution GSC-12/05, which reflect the following elements:
- The standard is developed and/or approved and maintained by a collaborative consensus-based process;
- The processes used to develop and/or approve and maintain these standards are transparent;
- Materially affected and interested parties are not excluded from any standards development and/or approval and maintenance process;
- The standard is subject to reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) intellectual property rights (IPT) policies which do not mandate, but may permit (at the option of the IPR holder) the licensing of essential intellectual property without compensation; and
- The standard is published and made available to the general public under reasonable terms (including for a reasonable fee or for free).