January  30,  2015  

 
 
Institute  of  Electrical  and  Electronics  Engineers  
Mr.  Howard  E.  Michel,  President  &  CEO,  IEEE  (h.michel@ieee.org)  
Mr.  Bruce  Kraemer,  President,  IEEE-­‐SA  &  Director,  IEEE  (bkraemer@marvell.com)  
3  Park  Avenue,  17th  Floor  
New  York,  NY  10016-­‐5997  
 
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RE:    IEEE-­‐SA  Bylaw  Updates  
 
Dear  Mr.  Michel  and  Mr.  Kraemer,  
 
 
The  IEEE-­‐SA  has  now  approved  certain  clarifications  to  the  text  of  Section  6  
of  the  IEEE  Standard  Association  Bylaws,  addressing  policies  relating  to  intellectual  
property  rights  and  commitments  made  for  essential  patents  applicable  to  IEEE  
standards  (the  “IPR  Updates”).    The  signatories  below  represent  a  broad  cross-­‐
section  of  companies  and  thought  leaders  interested  in  IEEE  standards.    We  include  
chipmakers,  OEMs  and  technology  developers  that  utilize  and  rely  on  IEEE-­‐
standardized  devices.    We  each  have  an  interest  in  continued  innovation  at  IEEE,  
and  the  continued  viability  of  the  IEEE’s  ecosystem.      Now  that  the  IPR  Updates  are  
being  provided  for  final  approval  by  the  IEEE  Board  of  Directors,  we  write  to  
express  our  support  for  the  IPR  Updates,  and  to  urge  the  IEEE  Board  to  support  the  
IEEE-­‐SA’s  efforts.    We  request  that  you  please  share  our  letter  with  the  full  Board.      
 
 
The  IPR  Updates  reflect  a  careful,  reasonable  approach  to  IEEE-­‐SA’s  IPR  
policy.    They  earned  approval  via  three  separate  votes  at  the  IEEE-­‐SA  –  including  
supermajority  approval  at  the  Board  of  Governors  and  Standards  Board.    They  
support  legitimate  patent  holder  interests  in  obtaining  reasonable  compensation  for  
declared-­‐essential  patents,  while  also  protecting  companies  that  make,  use  and  sell  
devices  using  IEEE  standards  from  unfair  licensing  and  litigation  practices  that  can  
degrade  the  IEEE  ecosystem.      
 
 
For  example,  in  one  recent  case  a  patent  assertion  entity  sought  license  fees  
of  thousands  of  dollars  per  Wi-­‐Fi  chip  against  hotels  and  small  retail  businesses.    The  
IPR  Updates  will  help  to  protect  businesses  using  IEEE  standards  from  such  
improper  patent  assertions  by  providing  considerations  that  should  be  followed  in  
assessing  royalties  for  SEPs.    This  is  particularly  important  as  the  market  for  
connected  devices  expands  with  the  growth  of  the  “Internet  of  Things”  and  
incorporation  of  IEEE  standards  into  retail,  automotive,  industrial  and  many  other  
applications  of  interest  to  the  signatories  below.  
 
 
The  IPR  Updates  address  significant  issues  for  the  IEEE  and  its  Members,  
including  at  least  the  following:  

 

Addressing  explicit  limits  on  injunctions  where  compensation  is  otherwise  
available  to  the  patent  holder,  which  can  assist  the  parties  to  negotiate  
royalties  without  undue  leverage  or  unfair  threats  to  exclude  businesses  
from  the  market;  
Addressing  considerations  relevant  to  reasonable  compensation,  which  can  
assist  parties  in  negotiating  reasonable  licenses  and  assist  decision-­‐makers  
in  the  event  of  a  dispute;    
Clarifying  that  the  licensing  obligation  benefits  companies  that  implement  
and  use  IEEE  technologies,  not  just  some  companies  based  on  their  particular  
business  model;  and  
Providing  clarity  that  licensing  obligations  must  survive  patent  transfers.  


 
We  appreciate  and  support  the  IEEE-­‐SA’s  efforts  to  address  these  important  matters  
in  the  IPR  Updates.    
 
 
We  thank  you  for  your  attention  to  these  matters  and  urge  the  IEEE  Board  of  
Directors  to  support  the  IPR  Updates.      
 
 
 
 
 
Sincerely,    
 
 
 
Ira  Blumberg  
Michael  A.  Carrier  
Vice  President  of  
Distinguished  Professor  
Intellectual  Property  
Rutgers  Law  School  
Lenovo  Group  Limited  

Mark  Chandler  
Senior  Vice  President  and  
General  Counsel  
Cisco  Systems,  Inc.  

Cathy  Chou  
Vice  President  
Sceptre  Inc.      
 

Jorge  L.  Contreras  
Associate  Professor  
S.J.  Quinney  College  of  Law  
University  of  Utah  

David  Djavaherian  
President  
PacTech  Law,  P.C.  

Cindy  L.  Faatz  
Director  of  Intel  Standards  
Group  
Intel  Corporation  

Richard  J.  Gilbert  
Emeritus  Professor  of  
Economics  and  Professor  
of  the  Graduate  School,  
Department  of  Economics  
University  of  California,  
Berkeley  

Tae  Kim  
Vice  President  
Samsung  Electronics  Co  
Ltd.  

Calvin  Leong  
Director  of  Legal  
Department  
Kingston  Technology  
Company,  Inc.  

Mark  A.  Lemley  
William  H.  Neukom  
Professor  
Stanford  Law  School  

Daryl  Lim  
Assistant  Professor  
John  Marshall  School  of  
Law  

Meredith  McKenzie  
Vice  President  and  Deputy  
General  Counsel  
Juniper  Networks,  Inc.  

Fiona  M.  Scott  Morton  
Theodore  Nierenberg  
Professor  of  Economics,  
Yale  School  of  
Management  

Alessandro  Orsi  
Sr.  Director  &  Managing  
Counsel,  IP  Transactions  
and  Counseling  
Hewlett-­‐Packard  
Española  S.L.  

Anthony  Peterman  
Executive  Director  &  Chief  
Patent  Counsel  
Dell  Inc.  

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

Martin  L.  Shively  
General  Manager,  
Corporate  Standards  
Microsoft  Corporation  

A.J.  Wang  
Chief  Technology  Officer  
D-­‐Link  Systems,  Inc.  

BJ  Watrous  
Vice  President  and  Chief  IP  
Counsel  
Apple  Inc.  

William  Waung,  Sr.  
Director,  Intellectual  
Property  
Sierra  Wireless,  Inc.  

Gail  Levine  
Vice  President,  Intellectual  
Property  &  Public  Policy  
Verizon  Communications  
Inc.  

 

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