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First ETSI LIS ISG meeting on 18 August after LISA standards portfolio was taken over by ETSI

LISA OSCAR Standards: In March 2011 the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA) was declared insolvent. As a result LISA’s standards portfolio has been authorized to be posted under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License that allows for reuse and creation of derivative works based on the LISA standards. LISA has designated the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Localization Industry Standards (LIS) Industry Specification Group (ISG) as its successor organization for its standards portfolio.
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Most of the stakeholders wish to continue the collaboration in the development of TMX, TBX, SRX, GMX-V and xml:tm. Therefore, ETSI will hold the first ETSI ISG LIS Meeting (for further information, please see here) on 18 August 2011 with adoption of new standards (New Work Items) and liaisons establishment (ISO TC 37, Unicode Consortium TC ULI, TAUS, GALA...) including OASIS (with its TC XLIFF and TC OAXAL). Please find hereunder further
You can participate either in the form of Membership (with membership fee) or
freely under a Participant Agreement:
  • About Membership, the “ETSI Membership fees 2011ContriForm” says: “SMEs, Micro-Enterprises, user and trade associations, and university and public research bodies come under class 1"
    • SMEs, user & trade associations: 6 000€
    • Universities, public research bodies and not-for-profit user associations:
      2 000€
    • Micro-Enterprises: 3 000€
  • If you want to FREELY (0 Euros) access the ETSI ISG LIS mailing list and its web archives, just sign the Participant agreement. The fees are only 100 Euros per delegate, per day and this only for optional face-to-face meetings and only for non-ETSI Members who signed the "ETSI ISG LIS Participant Agreement”.
  • ISG Group Specification/GS are ETSI Deliverables in the ETSI Catalogue, freely downloadable like any Technical Specification or Technical Report. The quality and reputation is in the legitimacy of the institution, the group and on the scale of adoption. This is true for OASIS TC XLIFF, LISA OSCAR SIG and for ETSI ISG LIS. About “standards” and definition see the ETSI directives.
  • ETSI has a unique IPR Policy (FRAND) but, in short, Royalty Free (see below) is a subset of FRAND (when all decide that Fair = Free) when all stakeholders like here in ETSI ISG LIS are reforming their OSCAR community. For new standards there could be Intellectual Property declarations but not on TMX, TBX, SRX, GMX-V and xml:tm as long as all stakeholders wish to continue so. 

ETSI Directives definitions

shall mean any standard adopted by ETSI including options therein or amended versions and shall include European Standards (ENs), ETSI Standards (ESs), Common Technical Regulations (CTRs) which are taken from ENs and including drafts of any of the foregoing, and documents made under the previous nomenclature, including ETSs, I-ETSs, parts of NETs and TBRs, the technical specifications of which are available to all MEMBERS, but not including any standards, or parts thereof, not made by ETSI.

The date on which a STANDARD is considered to be adopted by ETSI for the purposes of this POLICY shall be the date on which the technical content of that STANDARD was available to all MEMBERS.

shall mean any Technical Specification (TS) adopted by ETSI including options therein or amended version including drafts, the Technical Specifications of which are available to all MEMBERS, but not including any technical specifications, or parts thereof, not made by ETSI.

The date on which a TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION is considered to be adopted by ETSI for the purposes of this POLICY shall be the date on which the technical content of that TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION was available to all MEMBERS.

3. Operation of Industry Specification Groups

3.1. Characteristics of an Industry Specification Group

The need has been identified for Industry Specification Groups to exist alongside the current Technical Organization supplementing the existing standards development process. An Industry Specification Group, supported by Working Groups where appropriate, is an activity organized around a set of ETSI work items addressing a specific technology area.

An Industry Specification Group:
  • is established on the initiative of any group of, at least four, ETSI members (or applicant members) making a request to the Director-General;
  • has its own programme/project management for internal priority-setting, and agreed delivery dates for its results;
  • is responsible for defining, creating and stopping detailed ETSI work items (as defined in clause 3.6), within its scope, that are required to fulfil its Terms of Reference;
  • is responsible for the validation of ETSI deliverables of type "Group Specification" only (i.e. ensuring that the deliverable can be fully implemented, providing the intended level of functionality and performance at minimum cost, as defined in the scope of the related ETSI work item);
Patrick GUILLEMIN - ETSI Secretariat
Strategy & New Initiatives  
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About FRAND –Royalty Free

"Please be informed that the concept of the Industry Specification Groups (ISG) in ETSI exists alongside the current Technical Organization, supplementing the existing standards development process.

On this basis, the ISGs are still run under the concepts / rules of the ETSI Directives. In particular, it is foreseen that the ETSI IPR Policy applies to the specifications that are produced by the ISG. As the ETSI IPR Policy doesn’t foresee the possibility that members participating in a group decide to allow only patents to be included that will be granted under a Royalty Free basis,  this will likewise not be possible in an ISG.

Therefore, according to the ETSI IPR Policy, the members participating in the ISG are obliged to disclose their essential IPR in a timely fashion and they need to clarify by providing an irrevocable undertaking whether they are willing to irrevocably grant such potentially essential IPR on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions (RF is a subset of FRAND).

Notwithstanding, please note that from our point of view, ETSI Standards and Technical Specification are truly open standards and the fact that the ISG will need to apply the ETSI IPR Policy shouldn’t be a blocking issue, in particular as there isn’t an automatism that there are essential patents to all Technical Specifications and that patent holders, who have actually declared their patents as being essential with a FRAND undertaking ask for royalties.

On this basis, I hope that the work done in the ETSI Industry Specification Group LIS will be a success for all participating companies and representatives.

ETSI Legal Affairs Director"

Last update: 2011-10-27

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