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Voluntary consensus standards are

[s]tandards developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies, both domestic and international. These standards include provisions requiring that owners of relevant intellectual property have agreed to make that intellectual property available on a non-discriminatory, royalty-free or reasonable royalty basis to all interested parties.[1]

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"For these voluntary consensus standards, OMB Circular A-119 outlines provisions that require that the relevant intellectual property owners have agreed to make that intellectual property available on a non-discriminatory, royalty-free, or reasonable-royalty basis to all interested parties. As defined in the OMB document, voluntary consensus standards bodies . . . have the following attributes: 1) openness, 2) balance of interest, 3) due process, 4) a process for appeals, and 5) consensus."[2]

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