Re: [antitrust-policy] An Antitrust Policy for the IETF

Rigo Wenning <> Mon, 16 January 2012 07:58 UTC

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On Sunday 15 January 2012 16:32:38 Jorge Contreras wrote:
> Not all lawyers will agree with point (2), and
> some will disagree with vehemence.  However, you should know that the US
> Dept. of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have both viewed required "ex
> ante" disclosures of licensing terms in SDOs with favor (or, at least,
> without disfavor).  I would be happy to discuss in greater detail with you,
> and also invite any interested lawyers to the discussion.


There was a lot of discussion on ex-ante declarations in the EU and the 
Commission organized several workshops where the competition authorities were 
present. See:

Some participants even suggested to carry licensing conditions in the patent 

DG Competition has issued guidelines in Jan 2001 (we commented on the Draft)

See section 7: They say it is rather goal-driven than into little formalisms 
(who can discuss what) as currently discussed here.

So I'm rather with Stephan Wenger here.