Copyright and Permissions

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

How to Reference and Request Permission to Use, Adopt or Translate 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. Requesting permission for standard development purposes
  3. Requesting permission for use of approved IEEE standards
  4. Adopting or translating approved IEEE standards

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. Requesting permission for standards development purposes
IEEE 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 for standards development purposes. IEEE associated materials include IEEE standards; IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) policies and procedures; and publications associated with IEEE-SA Industry Connections activities or the IEEE Standards Information Network. To request permission, please fill out this this form. Copyright permission is not needed to reprint the abstract or scope from IEEE-SA material.

Guidelines for establishing liaison organizations

IEEE standards Working Group Chairs are permitted to share draft standards originated within their Working Group with liaison organizations that have been approved by the IEEE-SA (after meeting specific requirements and agreeing to specific terms). There is a requirement to download and complete the cover page provided by IEEE-SA and include it as the first page of all draft standards that are provided to a liaison organization.

3. Requesting permission for use of approved IEEE standards
Notify IEEE-SA for any request to use material, such as text, tables, graphs, and/or 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 fill out this form.

4. Adopting or translating approved IEEE standards
IEEE encourages the adoption of its standards by national, regional, and international standards organizations. 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. To request adoption or translation of IEEE standards please fill out this form.

For more information about intellectual property rights with regard to requesting permission, reprinting or adoptions, please fill out this form.

For information about national adoptions, please visit the Global Engagement page.

For information about contributions to IEEE standards, please visit the Copyright for Contributions to IEEE Standards Development page.