Contreras Speaks Out About Patents on Standards

Jorge Contreras, Associate Professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, has recently spoken out in favor of controversial changes to the patent policy of a major international standards organization.  The IEEE, which created the ubiquitous Wi-Fi standards for wireless networking, has recently approved several significant modifications to its intellectual property policy.  Among other things, the policy clarifies the scope and meaning of IEEE members’ obligation to license their patents to the industry on terms that are “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” (FRAND).  In a recent blog post and letter to the IEEE, Contreras supported the amendments, which he said will shed much-needed light on a murky area that has been vexed by litigation and uncertainty for years.