Copyrights and Permissions

Specific terms and conditions related to the use of the IEEE-SA Web Site and materials.

How to Reference, Reprint, Adopt, Translate, Request Permission for Use, or Participate in Revisions of IEEE Standards

IEEE is a focal point for various technologies and is willing to share its expertise with standards developers worldwide. IEEE owns the copyright of draft and approved IEEE standards, but there are several ways for organizations to use IEEE standards:

  1. Referencing IEEE standards
  2. Reprinting information from approved IEEE standards
  3. Adopting or translating approved IEEE standards
  4. Requesting permission for use of IEEE standards
  5. Participating in IEEE standards development to revise a standard

1. Referencing IEEE standards
IEEE standards may be referenced by title and designation without the requirement for permission, as long as they are cited properly. Examples of proper citations are:

  • IEEE Std 1073.3.1a™-2000, IEEE Standard for Medical Device Communications - Transport Profile - Connection Mode, Amendment 1: Corrections and Clarifications
  • IEEE 802® technology
  • IEEE 1394™ compliant devices

2. Reprinting information from approved IEEE standards
Notify IEEE for any request to reproduce material, such as text, tables, graphs, and figures, from an IEEE standard. Depending on the amount of material to be utilized and/or the intended use of those materials, payment of royalties may be required. To request permission to reprint or modify information from IEEE standards, please contact the Contracts and Licensing Manager, IEEE Standards Association.

3. Adopting or translating approved IEEE standards
IEEE encourages the adoption of IEEE standards by national, regional, and international standards organizations, to promote wide application of its standards. The right to adopt and/or translate IEEE standards is established in binding agreements or memoranda of understanding (MOUs). In national adoptions, IEEE generally grants exploitation rights to the adopting organizations, including the right to add country-specific changes (usually as an annex), and publish, sell, and distribute the adopted version and translation within a defined geographic area. Note, however, that IEEE retains the copyright on its Intellectual Property. Requests for adoption or translation of IEEE standards shall be forwarded to stds-ipr@ieee.org.

4. Requesting permission for use of IEEE standards
IEEE-SA offers copyright permission, on a non-discriminatory basis, for use of the content (e.g., text, tables, and graphics) in its standards and associated materials. IEEE-SA associated materials include IEEE standards and drafts; IEEE-SA policies, procedures, and bylaws; and publications associated with IEEE Industry Connections activities or IEEE Standards Information Network. The payment of royalty may be required, depending on the amount of material to be utilized and/or the intended use of those materials. Permission may be requested by sending an email to stds-ipr@ieee.org. Copyright permission is not needed to reprint the abstract or scope from IEEE-SA material.

5. Participating in IEEE standards development to revise a standard
IEEE welcomes input from all interested stakeholders in the development of IEEE standards. The technical integrity of IEEE standards is ensured through a robust standards development process, and is overseen by the technical Sponsor. If a stakeholder seeks to modify an IEEE standard (beyond country-specific changes made under a national adoption), it shall submit the requested modifications to the IEEE technical Sponsor for consideration under IEEE procedures. All changes are subject to approval by IEEE’s established consensus-based balloting process. IEEE does not guarantee in advance the outcome of any proposed modifications.

For more information about intellectual property rights with regard to requesting permission, reprinting or adoptions, please contact stds-ipr@ieee.org.

For information about contributions to IEEE standards, please see: http://standards.ieee.org/ipr/copyright.html