The Interaction between Open Source Software and FRAND licensing in Standardisation

The objective of the study is to identify possible commonalities and barriers for interaction between standardisation and open source processes.

The study should clarify the role of open source in the context of standard setting, in particular its interplay with the licensing of standards-essential patents under “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” (FRAND) terms and provide an overview of free and open source software (FOSS) and FRAND features in standardisation.

The study on the interaction between open source software and FRAND licensing in standardisation is carried out on behalf of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre by Fraunhofer Institute of Open Communication System FOKUS and Mirko Böhm representing the Open Invention Network.

Communication about the study:

Mirko Boehm
Political Economics of Open Source and Intellectual Property