Pool for patent royalties
20 providers of RFID technology have announced plans to form an Intellectual
Property (IP) licencing consortium. This will help to resolve the ongoing confusion
over radio frequency identification patents and make it easier for vendors to
licence patents, reduce risks for end-users and provide a convenient way for
patent holders to manage their IP.
The objective is to licence intellectual property on a Reasonable
And Non-Discriminatory (RAND) basis. The companies proposing the formation of
the pool believe this will keep the cost of RFID equipment down, fostering adoption,
and provide a way for companies to be compensated for their IP.
The official members so far are Alien Technology, Applied
Wireless Identifications Group (AWID), Avery Dennison, Moore Wallace (owned
by global printing company RR Donnelley), Symbol Technologies, ThingMagic, Tyco
Fire & Security and Zebra Technologies.