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Federal Court Upholds Copyright of Referenced Standards

Federal Court Upholds Copyright of Referenced Standards

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Clark R. Silcox, Legal Counsel, NEMA A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled in favor of standards development organizations (SDOs) who sought an injunction against PublicResource.Org, an entity that copies entire standards developed by SDOs and makes them available at no cost on the internet. The court held that…

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The Copyright Debate

The Copyright Debate

Whose Rights Prevail When Privately Developed Standards Are Incorporated into Law? This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Clark R. Silcox, Legal Counsel, NEMA Privately developed standards, often a form of voluntary self-regulation, facilitate commerce and serve a variety of economic and societal purposes and interests. Privately developed standards facilitate common understanding between parties to…

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ACTA-tion on Trade

ACTA-tion on Trade

Tomorrow (Oct. 1) in Japan representatives from several governments, including the U.S., are expected to put pen to paper and formally sign an international agreement to combat theft of intellectual property rights. As NEMA has pointed out repeatedly, product counterfeiting as well as trade- and certification-mark piracy are not just an issue for movies and handbags but also for some…

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Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

In the world of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) there are several categories of membership for the countries that participate in that international standards body.  Full members are those National Committees that have access to all technical and managerial activities and functions, at all levels of the IEC, including voting rights in the IEC Council.  There are also Associate members and…

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