Intel Public Policy
Intel actively participates in the standards development process for the information and communications
technology (ICT) sector. Standards are essential to Intel’s business and provide important benefits to industry, consumers, and
Standards are critical to today’s information technology, ...communications, and consumer electronics industries. Global supply
chains are built upon globally adopted standards. Businesses and consumers choose standards-based products because of
important benefits such as interoperability and consistency in quality. Companies like Intel are able to grow when the industry
develops successful standards.
Standardization in the ICT sector continues to evolve. New organizations are being formed to develop standards on a regular
basis. Existing organizations are reevaluating and revising their standards policies and procedures. In particular, policies
for managing intellectual property rights (IPR) in standards are being actively addressed in dozens of standards-setting
organizations around the world.
Industry must play a leading role in guiding and contributing to global standardization efforts. Intel takes an active
interest in the standardization process, participating in leading standardization development organizations and consortia
around the world.
Global standards are developed in many venues and share certain characteristics. They respond to the needs of global
markets and are created through collaborative efforts that have a global reach, are voluntary, and are widely adopted by
the marketplace across national borders. These standards are developed by national member-based international standards
bodies, as well as consortia groups and other standards-setting organizations that have processes that are consensus-based,
transparent, and industry-led with participation open to all materially affected parties. Intel supports global standards by
participating in their development and designing them into our products.
Key Issues (continued)
Voluntary standards are developed by stakeholders, including industry, government, and regulatory bodies. The adoption of
voluntary standards is optional—and ultimately driven by the marketplace. Governments may choose to make certain
standards mandatory by including or referencing them in technical regulations. Such government activity is appropriate only
in limited situations and policy-makers should carefully consider the risk of negatively impacting innovation with unnecessary
technical regulations. Intel advocates government policies that appropriately limit the use of technical regulations.
Standards and IPR.
IPR policies must balance the needs of standards developers and implementers. Standards are only successful if developers
with valuable technology are encouraged to participate, and implementers find standards sufficiently attractive to use. Intel
believes that Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (RAND) IPR policies are a good solution for most standards-developing
organizations and that allowing voluntary early disclosure of licensing terms can enhance the well-tested RAND IPR policy.
However, no one policy works for every business environment, technology, or organization.
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