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The Partnership Project is not a legal entity but is a collaborative activity between the following recognized Standards Development Organizations (SDO):

The Partnership Project is entitled the "THIRD GENERATION PARTNERSHIP PROJECT" and may be known by the acronym "3GPP".

Logo Usage

See the ’logo Use’ section of this site, for details of the terms of use of the name 3GPP, LTE and associated logos.

Copyright authorization

The copyright on all 3GPP Technical Reports and Technical Specifications vests jointly with the 3GPP Organizational Partners.

Interested in using 3GPP specifications or other material in your company training or for conference presentations, educational journal articles, text books, etc?

If so please fill in this Word document and return it to the address shown on the form.

For further information please contact the ETSI Legal Service.

The list of all permissions granted can be found here.

IPR declarations

Individual Members should declare to their Organizational Partners any IPRs which they believe to be essential, or potentially essential, to any work being conducted within 3GPP.

During each 3GPP meeting (TSGs and WGs) a call for IPRs must be made by the Chairman using standard wording.

For further information contact the PCG Secretary.

List of IPR declarations sorted by Organizational Partners:

Antitrust and competition law

During each 3GPP meeting (PCG, TSGs and WGs) a statement relating to antitrust and competition laws must be made by the Chairman using standard wording.

Statement Regarding Engagement with Companies Added to the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) Entity List in 3GPP Activities

June 3, 2019 updated August 20, 2019

The following information is out of date and is to be revised.
2019-09-16

1. Public Information is Not Subject to EAR

3GPP is an open platform where all contributions (including technology protected or not by patent) made by the different Individual Members under the membership of each respective Organizational Partner are publicly available. Indeed, contributions by all and any Individual Members are uploaded to a public file server when received and then the documents are effectively in the public domain.

In addition, since membership of email distribution lists is open to all, documents and emails distributed by that means are considered to be publicly available.

As a result, information contained in 3GPP contributions, documents, and emails distributed at 3GPP meetings or by 3GPP email distribution lists, because it is made available to the public without restrictions upon its further dissemination, is not subject to the export restrictions of the EAR.

Meeting minutes are maintained for 3GPP meetings. Such meeting minutes for 3GPP meetings are made available to the public without restrictions upon its further dissemination. As a result, information, including conveyed orally, contained in 3GPP meetings is not subject to the export restriction of the EAR.

2. Non-Public Information

Non-public information refers to the information not contained or not intended to be contained in 3GPP contributions, documents or emails. Such non-public information may be disclosed during informal meetings, exchanges, discussions or any form of other communication outside the 3GPP meetings and email distribution lists.

For the duration of the Temporary General License (TGL) issued by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce on May 20, 2019 and extended on August 19, 2019, there are no restrictions on the release of non-public information to companies added to the Entity List on May 16, 2019 and August 19, 2019, to the extent that information is necessary to maintain, service, or support existing handsets, networks or equipment, or “as necessary for development of 5G standards.”

3. Other Information

Certain encryption software controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), even if publicly available, may still be subject to US export controls other than the EAR.

4. Conduct of Meetings

Until further notice, the situation should be considered as "business as usual" during all the meetings called by 3GPP.

5. Responsibility of Individual Members

It should be remembered that contributions, meetings, exchanges, discussions or any form of other communication in or outside the 3GPP meetings are of the accountability, integrity and the responsibility of each Individual Member. In addition, Individual Members remain responsible for ensuring that none of their technical contributions include classified encryption software or other information that is subject to US export control under the ITAR or other applicable US export control regulations.

Individual Members with questions regarding the impact of laws and regulations on their participation in 3GPP should contact their companies’ legal counsels. 

 

page last updated:

2019-09-16: Indication that the EAR text is out of date and awaiting revision. (JMM)
2019-09-06: ARIB IPR note moved to correct place. (JMM)
2019-08-22: Additional navigation text added against the hyperlink to IPR declarations for OP ARIB. (JMM)
2019-08-22: IPR text updated to remove obligation on PCG to keep an IPR declarations register. PCG42 agreed that the responsibility of keeping such registers vests in the individual OPs. Removal of unnecessary commas in the now furst sentence of the IPR section: "Individual Members should declare, to their Organizational Partners, any IPRs which ...." (JMM)
2019-08-20: EAR statement amended in the light of its extension to a further 90 days and additions to the entity list. (JMM)
2019-06-03: EAR statement added. (KF)
2019-04-05: Further correction to OP IPR links. (JMM)
2019-03-26: OP IPR database links corrected. (JMM) 

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