The finalized version of the policy now includes the statement about necessary claims, and further clarifies the term recusively open. Therefore part of the ambiguity in the draft version is removed. The corresponding clause now states, "The Patent claims necessary to implement the Identified Standard shall be made available on a Royalty-Free basis for the life time of the Standard." Additionally, the phrase "Identified Standard shall be recursively open as far as possible" has also been included as a mandatory characteristics of the policy.
The policy now defines 'Recursively open' as: "The mandatory characteristics are applicable recursively to the normative references of the Identified Standard i.e. standards which are essential for the implementation of the Standard of a particular version of the Standard."
This policy represents a historical milestone for India- for example, it is under this policy that the Indian government is seeking to spend more than 10 billion dollars on e-governance. For example, the world largest unique-identification program is in India. Hopefully, the standard would be widely adopted and become a model for other countries e-governance programs.
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