We have unique experience representing entities in the creation of, and participation in, technology consortia, standards-setting organizations, and similar multi-party development initiatives that collectively develop and promote technology guidelines, databases, protocols, standards, and related works. We provide counsel concerning the many legal and business issues related to the creation of, and involvement with, consortia.
We help to form and administer consortia, including preparing governing documents, with a goal of enhancing members’ ability to participate in collaborative research and development and cooperatively use resulting guidelines and other work products. Our attorneys also assist consortia with creating organizational structures, including governing boards and working groups, and developing policies governing ownership of intellectual property developed by consortia, as well as licensing of patents and other intellectual property rights between consortia members.
For clients joining existing consortia, we evaluate business ramifications of consortia participation. We also analyze all legal issues associated with such participation, including crucial issues, such as patent disclosures and patent licensing. Our attorneys investigate matters concerning member contributions to consortia and prepare applicable agreements. We also assist consortia members in creating internal corporate policies governing that company’s consortia participation and conduct internal training sessions regarding these policies.