The main stage in the development of a standard, to guarantee due transparency, is the Public Information (PI) stage. During this stage, any citizen can make comments relating to any ongoing project.
If you are interested in seeing the projects in the IP stage and making any suggestions, you can do so through the Project Review System of the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification, UNE. All comments received will will be considered by the committee in charge of drafting the standard.
You can also subscribe to any areas of interest of which you would like to be informed every time a new project enters the public information stage, letting you keep up with the latest, up-to-date information at all times.
Copyright plays an important role in standardisation. It is possible to include patents and other copyright in standards, provided that certain conditions are respected between the owner of the patent and the user of the standard.
At the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification, UNE, standards are drawn up following certain guidelines, the objective of which is to establish a balance between standardisation needs and the rights of patent owners and owners of other copyrights, thus achieving the correct integration of patents (aimed at private use) in standards (aimed at public and collective use), which is fully aligned with what is set forth in the CEN-CENELEC GUIDE 8: CEN-CENELEC Guidelines for Implementation of the Common IPR Policy on Patent (and other statutory intellectual property rights based on inventions).
NOTE: The Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification, UNE, is not involved in the assessment of the importance or essentiality of patents, with regards to their inclusion in a UNE document, nor does it interfere in the negotiations of licences or in discussions on patents. This is left to the parties concerned.