The KNX IPR clearance process ensures that any patent rights (Intellectual Property Rights) that are contained in the KNX Specifications can be freely used by all members in the KNX Association, provided that :
The KNX IPR clearance process is truly unique in the world of bus associations, making KNX the sole technology for Home and Building Controls that is license-free.
Phase I - Disclosure Period - Duration 12 weeks.
During this phase, KNX Association takes stock of the available patents contained in a given version of the KNX Specifications. During these 12 weeks, the members have the possibility to submit to KNX Association.
Phase II - Objection period - Duration 6 weeks.
During this phase, all members evaluate the necessity of the patents in the various non-license lists submitted during the disclosure period. A patent is considered necessary, when its use can not be avoided when building a product that is meant to be compatible to a given version of the KNXspecifications.
Phase III - Negotiation period - Duration unlimited.
During this phase, negotiations between the members are run to ensure that all necessary patents are transferred to the individual license lists.
The IPR clearance process for version 1.0 and 1.1 was successfully concluded.
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