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TILEC Work in Progress: Martin Husovec

Open Source, Standard-Setting, and Innovation
10:45-11:45, T 50A

Open Source Software (OSS) and Standard-Setting Organizations (SSO) are two familiar phenomena. From the innovation perspective, they represent two distinct modes of innovation production, with its own governance structures, including community dynamics, operational principles, goals, and trade-offs. Especially in the area of ICT, OSS and SSOs increasingly interact on the number of levels. Although they are often both part of the same innovative products, their mutual relationship isn’t defined by a single trajectory. In some circumstances, OSS communities complement standardization process – before, during or after it takes place. In other circumstances, OSS communities compete for the attention of the same ‘clients’, thus even partly supplementing the standardization process and role of SSOs.

In this paper, I will first investigate these two analytical categories through existing case-studies. My goal in this part is to answer what such cases can tell us about the make-up of two innovation ecosystems. Next, I proceed to identify common and diverging governing principles of two worlds. Because, the two systems, as is well known, embed intellectual property rights into surrounding business ecosystems in different ways, I also specifically investigate what is the role of this conflict in their mutual relationship. Lastly, I look at what these interactions might mean for the future of formal and informal standardization, both in terms of its governance and treatment of intellectual property rights of its participants, in particular, their patents rights. 

When: 18 October 2017 10:45

End date: 18 October 2017 11:45

Where: Tias building