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Following New York based IEEE-SA policy will undermine Make in India and Digital India

The IEEE-Standards Association is a unit within New York-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a professional organisation that develops technologies from computers to consumer electronics.

The IEEE-Standards Association is a unit within New York-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a professional organisation that develops technologies from computers to consumer electronics.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has cautioned the government against formulating any policy based on the norms devised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), saying it is biased and would undermine the ‘Make In India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives.

“India needs to retain a strong IPR framework based on its compliance with the TRIPS Agreement, and any attempt to weaken IPRs will harm India’s competitiveness and standing,”

D S Rawat, secretary-general of Assocham, has written in a letter to the secretary, department of industrial policy and promotion.

The missive from Assocham, an industry body, comes as the DIPP had issued a discussion paper on March 1, seeking stakeholders’ comments while at the same time highlighting the new IEEE-SA policy.

The IEEE-Standards Association is a unit within New York-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a professional organisation that develops technologies from computers to consumer electronics.

“The IEEE policy was changed recently by a small group of few select companies while ignoring majority views. Due to this change the standardisation work (developing the capability of current technologies and working on new technologies) in IEEE has considerably slowed down, as the downstream companies (end manufacturers of products) have stopped contributing their SEPs to the standard process of IEEE and even pulling out
their SEPs, which they had earlier agreed to contribute under the previous balanced IPR policy regime,” Rawat said in that letter.

SEP are standard essential patents that manufacturers have to subscribe to make their products and services.
Assocham says the changed IEEE IPR policy “totally destroys the value of IP by unreasonably tilting the balance in favour of implementers”.

Further, the industry body said the issues raised by the DIPP in its discussion paper have already been discussed and settled by the Telecom Standards Development Institute of India, that the latter would not support the new IEEE-SA policy.

“We humbly request DIPP to tread with extreme caution and not get carried away by the unwilling licensees, who are only focused on fulfilling narrow short term gains and would want adopting a policy in India that mirrors IEEE IPR policy,” Rawat said.

“If implemented in India, it will destroy the objectives of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’,” he added.

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