Standards may be considered as a link between R&D and various fields of policy, like innovation, trade and environmental policies. INTEREST aims to support Community policies by improving the interface between research and standardisation. Based on a taxonomy of research-standards-relations, the project will develop best-practice guidelines for researchers, SDOs, and policy makers on how the knowledge transfer from research to standardisation should be sup-ported, and accomplished, in different environments respective technologies. Work will start with a literature survey on the interface between research and standardisation. Then, the rationales and incentives schemes that exist within the research communities and their contacts to standardisation bodies and industry will be collected through a survey-based study. This will also reveal any co- operation patterns. Furthermore, following an indicator based approach, INTEREST will develop a two-dimensional matrix linking the technology base of companies (e.g. their patent portfolios) and their standardisation activities. Through case studies the project will analyse the internal organisational structure of the interface between research and the standards department within companies. Thus, solutions and organisational models can be identified suitable to support the transfer of research results into standards and to appropriate results from research institutions in order to transpose them into standards. In addition, the project will analyse the pros and cons of patent pools as a means to reduce complex IPR-related problems within standardisation processes. Based on these new insights, a taxonomy will be developed to characterise the typical relationships of the two dimensions. This taxonomy will be the basis to identify relevant combinations between R&D and standardisation and to develop specific policies. Afinal workshop with stakeholders will discuss and validate the results.
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