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S. 1760 /A bill to modernize the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, and for other purposes.

June 1, 2019
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https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s1750is/pdf/BILLS-116s1750is.pdf”

Intellectual Property Management

June 1, 2019
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Illustration from 1913 showing Pythagoras teaching a class of women. Pythagoras believed that women should be taught philosophy as well as men and many prominent members of his school were women.  (CLICK IMAGE)

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) is an ANSI accredited standards developer that empowers, connects, and celebrates intellectual property professionals through education, best practices, networking, participating and mentoring — i.e. the classic non-profit trade association business model.   The work of LES should be of interest to the education industry which regards itself as the primary source of new knowledge.[1]

From the LES mission statement:

Across the world, innovation is the principal source of differentiated and defensible competitive advantage for individuals and enterprises. Innovation is the basis of advantaged products and services, and it drives sales and profits. It is the source of jobs. It is the engine of the global economy. Yet the intricacies of IC management are not well-understood by our political, financial, and business leaders.

In addition, in business schools around the world, IC management is not treated seriously as a business subject. In fact, to the extent it is dealt with at all, IC management is taught as a legal subject, not as the management of the largest component of value in the modern enterprise (i.e. 80 percent of the equity value of publicly traded companies). IC valuation, the business processes employed in IC management (both risk mitigation and value extraction), IC sharing and protection with third parties, and IC strategy are barely touched upon.

IC and its value are, therefore, nearly invisible to most of our business, financial, and political leaders and thinkers. They have little, if any, grounding in it. There is little accounting for it. And very often, no one outside the legal department has explicit responsibility for its protection and management.

We do not advocate in the LES suite at the moment because we are primarily interested in reducing the $300 billion annual spend by the business side of the US education industry by a couple of percentage points.   There are tens of thousands of front-line facility professionals involved in that spend every day and that space is where we allocate our advocacy resources.   That much said, it is time well spent, following the action in the units of the education industry finding, and bringing to market, new knowledge.

 

“The Palace of Art and Industry 1862” | W.E. Hodgkin

ANSI’s due process framework requires that when an accredited standards developer undertakes a new standardization project, or launches a new revision cycle of an existing document, the entire standards federation receive notice in order to limit conflict or overlap with another standards developer.  In effect, the ANSI PINs procedure is not unlike the starting point of government legislative processes; though arguably, more transparent but less well-known:

ANSI PINS Form: Project Initiation Notification System

Accordingly, LES has posted an announcement  about the launch of a new standard for Fair and Reasonable Non-Disciminatory (FRAND) terms to help guide negotiations.   From the ANSI PINS filing:

Project Need: Create an industry-wide, consensus-based, voluntary business process standard for businesses and professionals who engage as principals or agents in the practice of licensing SEPs on Fair and Reasonable Non-Disciminatory terms to help guide negotiations.

Stakeholders: Small and large businesses, owners or purchasers of SEPs, users of standardized technologies, individual inventors or innovating businesses, including but not limited to: practicing and non-practicing entities (NPEs), academics interested in SEP issues, consumer and public policy representatives, legal professionals and practitioners, trade and industry associations, patent assertion entities (PAEs), universities, R&D centers and laboratories, patent aggregators, patent pool participants and administrators – internal practitioners or outside, in-house and outside licensing professionals.

Notes: Develop a business-process standard to assist parties participating in FRAND licensing negotiations and guide discussions

No comments are due at this time.

This announcement conforms to ANSI’s due process requirements for the launch of a new and/or revised consensus document.   At the moment, there is no exposure draft for for public comment but action will likely be posted on the LES standards home page:

LES Standards Home Page

We encourage innovation and technology management enterprises in the education industry to communicate directly with the Licensing Executives Society about participation and/or membership.  Contact: Kelli Baxter, (703) 234-4088, kbaxter@les.org, 12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130, Reston, VA 20190.   We are also happy to discuss this any day at 11 AM Eastern time or during our monthly breakout teleconference on Finance & Management standards.  See our CALENDAR for the day and time.  Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.

 

Issue: [18-362]

Category: Academics, Administration & Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Christine Fisher, Jack Janveja

Source: ANSI Standards Action

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LEARN MORE:

National Institute of Standards and Technology: January 2018 Green Paper

Q&A with LES FRAND Licensing Standards Committee Co-Chairs Matteo Sabattini and Brian Scarpelli

AAU: Comment on Intellectual Property

AUTM: August 2018 Letter to US Secretary of State

ISO/TC 279 Innovation Management

Standards Michigan Related Post on ISO/TC 279

 


Posted September 25, 2018

“The Crystal Palace from the northeast during the Great Exhibition of 1851” | Edwin Dickinson

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) has posted an announcement  about the launch of a new standard titled: IPMESE 9.18 Intellectual Property Management for Early Stage Enterprises.  This project should interest innovation enterprises in colleges and universities.  From the LES project prospectus:

Scope: Early stage enterprises are at the forefront of creating and commercializing new technologies and creating new jobs. As such enterprises often are focused on developing and preparing to market new products or services or on raising capital, intellectual property management issues are often given insufficient attention. This lack of attention can result in the loss of valuable intellectual property rights and/or the inadvertent infringement of the intellectual property rights of others. These risks, in turn, can result in the reduction of enterprise value, for example, when such enterprises are seeking investments of growth capital or are being acquired by another entity. Moreover, these risks can exist with respect to all of the traditional classes of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. An intellectual property management standard tailored for early-stage enterprises will significantly facilitate the ability to secure intellectual property rights, reduce the risk of infringement, and enhance the economic value of those enterprises that conform to the standard.

Stakeholders:  Start-up companies in all industry sectors; holders of intellectual property rights; investors in early-stage enterprises, such as angel investors and venture capital funds; financial advisors, such as investment bankers; businesses seeking to acquire early-stage enterprises.  This standard prescribes the business processes and conduct to be adopted and implemented by early-stage enterprises for securing intellectual property rights and reducing the risk of infringement of the intellectual property rights of others.

This announcement conforms to ANSI’s due process requirements for the launch of a new and/or revised consensus document.   At the moment, there is no exposure draft for for public comment but action will likely be posted on the LES standards home page:

LES Standards Home Page

We encourage innovation enterprises in the education industry to communicate directly with the Licensing Executives Society about participation and/or membership.  Contact: Kelli Baxter, (703) 234-4088, kbaxter@les.org, 12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130, Reston, VA 20190

Issue: [18-268]

Category: Academics, Administration & Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Christine Fisher, Jack Janveja

Link to ANSI Standards Action Announcement | PDF Page 27

 


Posted February 15, 2018

“The Fireside University of Modern Invention, Discovery, Industry and Art for Home Circle Study and Entertainment” | John McGovern (1902)

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) has posted an announcement regarding two standardization projects now in process:  

LES-CLIP 1.1-201x, Conduct in Licensing of Intellectual Property (new standard).  This LES standard will prescribe the business processes and conduct to be adopted and performed by persons in the intellectual property management community for negotiating and completing transactions involving the licensing of intellectual property. The standard will apply to the licensing of intellectual property of all types, i.e., copyright, trademark, patents, and trade secrets. The business processes and conduct to be prescribed in the standard will be applicable to businesses and individuals participating in the pursuit of or engaged in the negotiation of an intellectual property transaction and persons associated with those participants who provide information and/or services that are material to decisions whether and in what manner to continue to engage in the licensing transaction, together with the people associated with a participant who participate in making said decisions. It is anticipated that the adoption of this standard will, among other things, encourage efficiency and reduce time-to-licensing, expedite the commercialization of newly developed technologies, and facilitate the settlement or avoidance of intellectual property litigation.

BSR/LES-IABR 1.1-201x, Intellectual Assets in the Boardroom (new standard) This standard intends to provide the premise for the need for adequate board oversight of IA management in order to (a) maximize the shareholder value of the company’s IA and (b) mitigate the risks to which the company may be exposed based on the unlicensed use of third-party IA. The standard intends to identify key principles central to adequate board IA oversight. The standard intends to identify practices and/or processes for adequate board IA strategic oversight of senior corporate management. The standard intends to identify materials and/or tools sufficient to educate boards and better enable them to implement these principles and processes, which are intended to enhance IA value and mitigate IA risk in manners consistent with this standard. This standard does not intend to proscribe sources or methods that are singularly required to achieve the standard, but rather to enable a variety of pathways to meet the requirements (and various recommendations) of the standard.

The purpose of LES Standards — listed on its Standards web page — is as follows:

  • Raise the standards of business conduct in IP-oriented transactions
  • Improve the practice of IP management and, by doing so, mitigate its risks
  • Reduce the cost and time required to do IP-oriented transactions and IP management
  • Protect and preserve the value of IP for innovative individuals and enterprises
  • Thereby encouraging investment in innovation and enhancing the economic well-being of society

The Licensing Executives Society has been added to our list of trade associations of interest to the education industry.  Its emergent standards suite is identified here for the convenience of our visitors; though Standards Michigan will not advocate in this space at this time.  More information is available from Tanya Coogan, (703) 234-4109, tcoogan@les.org

ANSI Standards Action Announcement Page 15 – 16.

Issue: [18-25]

Category: Administration & Management

 

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May 30, 2019
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Fuel Cell Power Systems

May 30, 2019
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Inventor of the fuel cell | CLICK ON IMAGE

We have been following the developmental trajectory of another “alternative energy” – related consensus product — NFPA 853  Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems a document that sets the criteria for minimizing fire hazards associated fuel cells power generating technology installations; many of which are pre-engineered and pre-packaged by manufacturers.

Keep in mind that it is an installation standard and “agnostic” about the type of fuel cell technology.  As such, it is likely referenced in energy project design guidelines and construction contract specifications.  From the document prospectus:

Scope:  This standard shall apply to the design, construction, and installation of stationary fuel cell power systems and shall include the following:

(1) A singular prepackaged, self-contained power system unit

(2) Any combination of prepackaged, self-contained power system units

(3) Power system units comprising two or more factory-matched modular components intended to be assembled in the field

(4) Engineered and field-constructed power systems that employ fuel cells.

The current edition of NFPA 853 is dated 2015

The NFPA Technical Committee on Electric Generating Plants has already begun work on the 2020 revision.  A selection of First and Second Draft documents are posted below:

NFPA 853_F2019_ECG_AAA_SDmeetingagenda_04_19

NFPA 853_F2019_ECG_AAA_FDmeetingagenda_04_18

Response to the Second Draft Report under NFPA’s NITMAM process are due August 29th. 

We normally collaborate with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee on consensus products of this nature because that is where the most informed locus of expertise lies.   That committee meets online four times monthly in European and American time zones.   We also host our own codes and standards for power and telecommunication systems teleconference every month.  See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Category:  District Energy, Electrical, Energy, Facility Asset Management, Fire Safety, Risk Management, #SmartCampus, US Department of Energy

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Bill Cantor (wcantor@ieee.org)

Standards MassachusettsStandards Texas, Standards Ohio

 

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May 30, 2019
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Congressional Art Competition

May 29, 2019
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Sensors and Controls for Building Energy Management

May 23, 2019
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“City of Washington from Beyond the Navy Yard” | George Cooke (1833)

 

The Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE-EERE) invites public comment on its Request for Information (RFI) on research and development opportunities for innovations in sensors and controls for building energy management. Through this RFI, the COE-EERE seeks input on research and development opportunities for the integration and optimization of systems at the whole-building level through connected and controllable loads for increased energy affordability, improved occupant comfort, and enhanced provision of grid services that will strengthen the integration between buildings, other distributed energy resources, and the electric grid. This RFI will inform BTO’s strategic planning moving forward in identifying early-stage and innovative technology solutions to meet these goals. Successful solutions will strengthen the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the energy consumed by the buildings sector, contributing to DOE’s priorities for the energy sector as a whole.

The Notice of Request for Information (RFI) is linked below:

Research and Development Opportunities for Innovations in Sensors and Controls for Building Energy Management

Responses are due June 3rd.

We will place this item on the agenda of our monthly Energy Standards teleconference.   See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

 

Issue: [19-132]

Category: Energy, US Department of Energy. Facility Asset Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel

 

 

Elevator Regenerative Power Recovery

May 23, 2019
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Electrical Building World’s Columbian Exposition | Chicago (1892)

The word “electrical” appears 163 times in the transcript of proposed changes to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC); an accredited consensus document that is widely incorporated by reference into federal, state and local energy conservation legislation.   Since the emergent #SmartCampus is largely an electrotechnical transformation; and because much of the physical space will evolve with International Code Council consensus documents at its foundation, we continue allocating resources to understanding what incumbent stakeholders have proposed for the 2021 revision of the IECC; linked below.

2019 GROUP B PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE I-CODES ALBUQUERQUE COMMITTEE ACTION HEARINGS

Earlier this month some of the electrical proposals were discussed at the IEEE Industrial & Commercial Department’s annual conference in Calgary, Canada.  Many of the proposals are coordination, harmonization and administrative provisions.  Some are not and will, wherever adopted, change the design, construction, operations, maintenance, training and conformity assessment.   A listing of the unofficial listing of the Committee Action Hearings earlier this month are linked below:

https://www.cdpaccess.com/live/cah/listing/

The full report will be released on June 11th and everyone will have until July 24th to respond with written comments.

Moscow State University

Ahead of the web posting of the “Report of the Committee Action Hearings” we will march through a few selected proposals that should be of interest for energy conservation workgroups; starting with the topic of elevator regenerative power which appears in about 8 proposals advanced by competitor stakeholders.   Elevator manufacturers have developed a product feature that captures the heat generated by elevators/lifts/escalators during use and converts it into reusable energy for the building rather than wasting it as heat.  When power flows into the elevator motor, it creates a lifting torque on the shaft and elevators heave, lifting the cab/passenger.

The proposals that we marked for priority attention by education facility user interests are listed below:

CE212-19 | Elevator regenerative power & voltage drop (ON THE AGENDA OF THE MONTHLY ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR MEETING)

CE213-19 | Escalator & moving walk regenerative power (ON THE AGENDA OF THE MONTHLY ELEVATOR & ESCALATOR MEETING)

Of course, the product costs more.   During today’s monthly Energy Standards meeting we will examine claims that the IECC code change proposal will “decrease the cost of construction because it would allow alternate designs to achieve energy conservation.”

Relevant, recent IEEE research on the topic of regenerative power is linked below:

Regenerative Elevator Drive & Energy Saving Benefits

The next meeting of the ICC Group B Codes Committee will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 20-23rd (CLICK HERE for more information).  We encourage our colleagues in the region to attend the conference.

University of Nevada Las Vegas

 

Issue: [16-169]

Category: Architectural, Electrical, Energy Conservation, Facility Asset Management, Mechanical, Space Planning

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Scott Gibbs, Jim Harvey, Jose Meijer

#StandardsNevada


LEARN MORE:

ICC Group B Code Development Schedule

 

Laboratory Fume Hood Safety

May 19, 2019
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