II. Balloting Criteria for Openness
1. The balloting schedule shall be clear and announced in advance.
2. The criteria for participation shall be made clear.
3. The draft standard shall be made readily available to all interested parties, and should be sent to the chairman of the IEC/TC93/WG2 at the same time it is sent to the IEEE.
4.Sufficient time to review and comment on the draft standard shall be made available.
5.The balloting constituency should be broad and include, where possible, IEC national representatives.
III. Re-Circulation Criteria for Openness
1.The Working Group shall prepare and communicate the results of balloting.
2. The Working Group shall prepare a compiled list of all the comments
received during balloting.
3. The Working Group shall prepare a response to each positive or negative
4. The Working Group shall ensure that all responses are sufficiently detailed to provide a reasonable understanding of why the Working Group rejected or accepted a comment, based on technical merits of the comment.
5. The WG shall make it clear how to receive the re-circulation document.
6. The WG shall make the re-circulation document available to all interested parties.
7. The WG shall allow sufficient time to review the re-circulation document to allow a
balloter to change his/her vote, if necessary.
8. The WG shall prepare and communicate the final results of re-circulation.
The IEEE bylaws (1996) make the following statement concerning patents:
IEEE standards may include the known use of patent(s), including patent applications, if there is technical justification in the opinion of the standards-developing committee and provided the IEEE receives assurance from the patent holder that it will license applicants under reasonable terms and conditions for the purpose of implementing the standard. This assurance shall be provided without coercion and prior to approval of the standard (or reaffirmation when a patent becomes known after initial approval of the standard). This assurance shall be a letter that is in the form of either
a) A general disclaimer to the effect that the patentee will not enforce
any of its present or future patent(s) whose use would be required to implement
the proposed IEEE standard against any person or entity using the patent(s)
to comply with the standard or
b)A statement that a license will be made available to all applicants without compensation or under reasonable rates, with reasonable terms and conditions that are demonstrably free of any unfair discrimination.
The DASC, in the interest of openness, will only accept patented material
under paragraph (a) above.
It shall be the responsibility of the DASC chair to ensure that quality criteria defined by this document be followed by all DASC working and study groups during all phases of the standardization process. The DASC chair shall, as needed, appoint monitors and establish reporting procedures to ensure compliance with the rules and procedures defined in this document. Working groups, study groups, and chairs of these groups who are in violation of this document shall be notified and requested to show a plan for correcting breach. If such a plan is not forthcoming in a timely manner and followed, the DASC chair will recommend that the PAR for the working group, or the DASC authorization for a study group be withdrawn. Alternatively, the group shall be reorganized under a new chair who will ensure compliance. This recommendation of the DASC chair shall be subject to ratification by the DASC Steering Committee.