American Bar Association
Section of Science & Technology Law: Technical Standardization Committee

Section of Science & Technology Law:
Technical Standardization Committee

About the Committee

This committee seeks to improve the development of solutions to policy issues having a mixture of legal and technical factors. As we encounter situations involving a high degree of interaction between people, institutions and technology more frequently, proposed and achieved solutions increasingly rely on technical standards in addition to or as a substitute for legal standards or regulation. The committee will develop principles and practical guides towards better solutions generally. These may include policy approaches to finding the right balance or changes in the law applicable to standards development and use to support more effective solutions.

Please join our May 8th program: The Impact of Regulatory and Industry Standards on Patents:

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Blanket Authority Comments

The SciTech Technical Standards Committee plays an active policy role in the ABA. Recent comments submitted on Blanket Authority are accessible below.

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February 15, 2012
Web Standards
The panelists will provide an overview of the architecture of the Web (and its relation to the Internet), how the Web is expanding, and some of the ways it is transforming business. The panelists will also discuss the role of W3C in building community around standards.

December 13, 2011
Internet Standards
The panelists will provide an overview of Internet standards and how they are developed, and will explain the roles of the many organizations involved in Internet standardization (IETF, IAB, IANA, IRTF, W3C and more). They will also discuss current hot issues in Internet standardization.

October 14, 2011
Get Smart about Smart Grid Standards
The session explains the fundamentals of the smart grid and why it is the focus of so much international attention, as well as what standards are needed to implement the smart grid in practice.

November 11, 2011
Telecommunications Technology and Standards
As lawyers, we often hear about telecommunications technology standards such as CDMA, GSM, 3G, 4G, UMTS and others. What do these acronyms mean? How does this technology work? How do they differ? And who stands to gain and lose in the telecom standards space as it moves into the next decade?

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