Lerner, Josh and Tirole, Jean (2014) A Better Route to Tech Standards. Science, vol.343 (n°6174). pp. 972-973.

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Identification Number : 10.1126/science.1246439


Technological standards are ubiquitous, whether they allow consumers to communicate seamlessly across wireless networks or manufacturers to procure goods across complex global supply chains. These standards—shaped by standard-setting organizations (SSOs) and participating engineers, academics, lawyers, and executives—in turn shape how new technologies evolve, specifying rules for how standard-compliant products must work and interact with other components. This standardization process is under tremendous stress. Many disputes roiling courts and administrative bodies around the world—such as those involving Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung—concern commitments made during the standardization process and the ways that firms have sought to “game” the system. We explore why the system is breaking down and propose a way in which standard setting could be redesigned to address these problems.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: February 2014
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 17:42
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2021 15:48
OAI Identifier: oai:tse-fr.eu:27958
URI: https://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/15855
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