Northwestern University, Pritzker Law School, has released three databases on technology standards and standard setting organizations. The announcement states:
The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is pleased to announce the release of three important databases on Technology Standards and Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs). The databases are available free of charge for all academic researchers.
The first database, known as the Searle Center Database on Technology Standards and Standard Setting Organizations, created by Justus Baron and Daniel F. Spulber, contains original data on the rules and membership of SSOs, and bibliographic information on published technology standards (including an original database of normative and informative references between standard documents).
The second database, created by Justus Baron and Tim Pohlmann (IPlyitics), contains the currently most comprehensive database of declared standard-essential patents (SEP) and the first detailed mapping of declared SEPs to a systematic dataset of standard documents.
The third database, created by Justus Baron and Kirti Gupta (Qualcomm), includes detailed procedural data on standard development at an important SSO, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 3GPP.
The three databases are inter-related, and share a common system of identifiers for standards and firms to facilitate research applications combining the various databases.
Under the direction of Daniel F. Spulber, (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Research Director of the Searle Center), the Searle Center's Research Project on Innovation Economics addresses a broad range of important issues involving intellectual property (IP), research and development (R&D), the market for inventions, innovation, and technology standards.
For details on the databases and the Searle Center's ongoing Research Project on Innovation Economics Project please visit: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/searlecenter/innovationeconomics
Papers describing the databases can be found at the following links:
- Justus Baron and Daniel Spulber: Technology Standards and Standard Setting Organizations: Introduction to the Searle Center Database, Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 17-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3073165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3073165, forthcoming Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2018.
- Justus Baron and Kirti Gupta: Unpacking 3GPP Standards. forthcoming Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2018.
- Justus Baron and Tim Pohlmann: Mapping Standards to Patents Using Declarations of Standard-Essential Patents, forthcoming Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2018.
Please see the following instructions to receive access to the database:
- The three Searle Center databases are intended only for academic research. Commercial and or for-profit research is strictly prohibited.
- Prior to being granted access to the databases, all academic researchers must first compete a Data License Agreement (DUA).
- The DUA is available for download here: http://bit.ly/searlessodua
- Once requestor has filled out the required fields and signed the DUA, email a scan of the DUA to email@example.com
- Please note that a PDF electronic signature on the DUA is acceptable.
- All research assistants or research personnel that will have access to the data must also complete DUA's.
- Once we receive your signed DUA, we will verify that your application fits the criteria listed above. If we conclude that it does, we will then send you a link to a Box Folder where all of the files and supporting documents will be permanently hosted. You may have to create a Box account in order to access the databases.
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The databases release is apparently for academics. My guess is that others can access the databases for a fee.
Congratulations to Oxfirst’s Dr. Roya Ghafele on joining the EU Commissions’ Group of Experts on Licensing and Valuation of Standard Essential Patents! According to the press release:
The purpose of the expert group is to ‘deepen the expertise on evolving industry practices related to the licensing of standard essential patents in the context of the digitalisation of the economy, the sound valuation of intellectual property and the determination of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory ("FRAND") licensing terms.’ The Expert Group’s importance to European and international governance formulation on FRAND is widely recognized. The Expert Group will address a host of complex issues pertaining to patents that read on standards, as already set out in 2017 in the E.C.’s ‘Communication from the Commission to the Institutions on Setting out the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents.’