The modern technology-based world is increasingly dependent on the "global standard setting infrastructure," made up of diverse processes and types of organizations. All are essential to the result and the value of each should be recognized and supported by Congress.
The restrictive approach of a new Congressional bill under review represents a retreat from existing law and could deprive consortia that develop important standards from the very protection it seeks to extend.
Faced with growing competition, some SDOs -- like INCITS -- have adapted by providing a link between consortium-originated standards and international "de jure" bodies. The result is a more effective global standards infrastructure.
Infineon has petitioned the Supreme Court to intervene, and today the Federal Trade Commission brings its suit against Rambus to trial for alleged federal antitrust violations.