Standards and statutes: 'Soft' law and 'hard' law

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Standards have been widely applied successfully in various areas, especially with regard with information technology. After a brief look at the process for setting standards, we will review the intellectual property and competition law issues as they regard these standards. There is also an overview of the important role of standards in establishing damages. Finally, the reasons why standards as a sort of 'soft law' are often preferred to statutes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCybernics
Subtitle of host publicationFusion of human, machine and information systems
PublisherSpringer Japan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9784431541592
ISBN (Print)4431541586, 9784431541585
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013


  • Civil liability
  • Competition policy
  • Hard law
  • Intellectual property
  • Soft law
  • Standards


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