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Standard-Setting Consortia, Antitrust, and High-Technology Industries

James J. Anton and Dennis A. Yao

Antitrust Law Journal 64(1): p. 247-265, Fall 1995

Abstract: Standards and standard-setting organizations have been an important feature of the economic landscape for many years, particularly in the information technology and telecommunications industries. This article reviews the antitrust treatment of private-sector standard setting. It emphasizes organizational decision-making issues relevant to consideration of standard-setting "procedures" and draws on Federal Trade Commission experience with such matters. The article then examines the applicability of the law and decision-making issues for standard setting in high-technology industries.