Thomson Reuters Hosts Spring Techstreet Standards Publishers Innovation Forum to Address Industry Challenges on Intellectual Property Asset Protection

Industry Experts from ASTM International, FileOpen Systems and MarkMonitor discussed how digital rights management and brand protection impacts the standards industry

ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 29, 2013 -- Leaders from the standards publishing industry gathered May 16th in Alexandria, VA for the bi-annual Standards Publishers Innovation Forum (SPIF) presented by Techstreet, part of the Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business of Thomson Reuters and the world's leading provider of industry codes and standards. The spring forum, Protecting Your IP Assets: Detection, Prevention and Remediation for Standards Developing Organizations, focused on the challenges of protecting intellectual property in the standards industry and featured speakers from FileOpen Systems, ASTM International and MarkMonitor.

The full-day interactive session offered industry experts and standards professionals the opportunity to engage in informative and stimulating discussions on one of the biggest challenges facing standards developing organizations, the protection of intellectual property assets.  Experts in digital rights management, brand protection, standards publishing, and copyright litigation shared their perspectives on how these topics impact the standards industry and discussed strategies for addressing the protection of intellectual property assets.  The forum's speakers included Elizabeth Murphy, marketing and business development, FileOpen Systems; John Pace, vice President of publications and marketing, ASTM International; Terri Denver and Samuel Bahun of MarkMonitor.  

"There is value to gather as an industry and discuss key issues such as IP asset protection," said John Pace, vice president of publications and marketing, ASTM International. "I appreciate that Techstreet has created a forum to bring together the standards community and experts in IP asset protection in order to address the impact of this issue and share strategies that organizations can utilize."
Launched in 2012, the Standards Publishers Innovation Forum is held bi-annually to address key issues in the standards industry.  The forum provides participants a unique opportunity to learn from industry leaders, collaborate with peers, and help shape the future of the standards publishing industry.

"Protecting intellectual property assets is a key challenge that many standard publishers are facing today," said Todd Fegan, vice president of Techstreet Operations. "For the spring forum we wanted to address this important topic and brought together an exciting group of experts and standards professionals to share their perspectives in order to help facilitate thoughtful and collaborative discussions.  The spring forum was a great success and we look forward to converging again to facilitate further dialogue within the industry." 

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Felicia Dougherty
Thomson Reuters, IP Solutions

Jennifer Figueroa
Thomson Reuters, IP Solutions