The new Intellectual Property Rules (IP) are designed to protect innovations with fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing rights when necessary for new SGET specifications. "We are confident that the adjustment will generate additional interest in SGET membership from major innovators in the embedded market. SGET is also planning membership for educational organizations and start-ups in order to apply the latest developments and achieve open specifications for best interoperability and broad market acceptance", explains Wolfgang Eisenbarth, the newly elected CEO of SGET. The IP rule draft has been distributed to member companies and is expected to be adopted by a vote of the members in July this year.
This measure is based on the concerns expressed towards the association by the legal departments of large semiconductor manufacturers, who fear a weakening of their own IP portfolio - even if not a single case has come to light with the SGET standards to date. In the long term, the conversion to the new FRAND model is a sensible step, as SGET has adopted its first software standard with "UIC". The patent situation is very unclear in the software sector. That especially is the case when comparingbetween the USA and Europe. Here the new IP rules offer the opportunity to quickly develop new standards without having to fear lengthy checks by the legal departments.