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Posts Tagged: "transparency"

Transparency in 3G/4G/5G FRAND Licensing and ETSI’s IPR Database

A disturbing trend has recently emerged whereby an alleged lack of transparency associated with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) intellectual property rights database (IPR Database) is being used in support of antitrust allegations and to propose radical changes to the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing framework for 3G, 4G and 5G wireless technology. But is there really such a transparency problem or is this yet another attempt to tilt balance of power in favor of implementers and excuse hold-out? 

Who Needs to Know? The Hidden Value of Transparency

“Need to know” is a bedrock tenet of information security. You only get to see it if you need to see it. The reasoning is that the fewer people who know the details, the lower the risk that information will be compromised by reaching the competition. Another term used among professionals is the “principle of least privilege,” borrowed from the notion in computer science that a user account should be given only that level of privilege that is absolutely necessary to its operation within the system, making failures less likely. By whatever name, the principle increases control by limiting access. The idea that any one person in an organization probably doesn’t need to know much is rooted in the industrial revolution. When we moved from the age of craftsmen who made an entire product to the assembly line, the worker mounting the wheel didn’t have to know anything about the rest of the car…. Keeping secrets has long been viewed through the same lens: compartmentalization helps keep things under control. But interestingly, it doesn’t always make things more efficient or productive.

Without even a modicum of transparency, PTAB doesn’t deserve benefit of the doubt

The American system of justice is built upon transparency. Transparency is mandatory for there to be a truly fair, balanced, open, honest and equal system where no party has a real or perceived advantage over the other… If the PTAB is going to operate without even a modicum of transparency there is no reason why spoliation of evidence presumptions should not apply to their unexplained actions. The most egregious and nefarious inference should be drawn given the history of this overreaching tribunal. After all, even the Supreme Court has noticed what they have referred to as the “shenanigans” of the Board.