What is USI’s Patent Policy?
What technology is covered in the USI specification?
What are USI Participant obligations regarding their patents?
During the development of a specification, and prior to its approval as a final specification by the USI Board, USI holds a patent review period. (See Sections 2.1 and 2.2 of the USI IPR Policy, for a fuller description of the review period). Broadly speaking, during the review period, Participants may submit:
- Declarations of patents they believe contain necessary patent claims. Participants may also disclose such patents at a later time, but have a limited time to submit licensing objections. Declared and non-declared necessary patent claims (unless listed in a timely licensing objection) are subject to the licensing terms of the USI IPR Policy.
- Licensing objections indicating refusal to license specific necessary patent claims under the terms of the USI IPR Policy. If a Participant does not submit a timely licensing objection naming specific necessary patent claims, then they are committing to licensing those necessary patent claims as they read on the final specification under the licensing terms of the USI IPR Policy. Please refer to the USI IPR Policy for additional details.