Typical GTW Associates Projects
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (for its annual
report to the Japan Ministry of International Trade and Industry)
annually requests GTW
Associates’ assessment of Current Developments in US Standards and Conformity
GTW has counseled industrial clients such as Microsoft; Daimler Chrysler; Micron and Sensormatic on standards processes and procedures.
Institute, Inc. sought GTW assistance to survey current US policy and
practice associated with Intellectual Property rights in standards
development. GTW facilitated February 2003 meetings with DOJ; NAS; FTC;
and NIST as METI undertakes a review of IPR policy in Japan based on the
GTW Associates President Willingmyre served as an expert witness for Shook Hardy & Bacon in connection with a patent litigation matter that was successfully resolved on terms favorable to the client. Willingmyre was retained in the matter to address issues related to standards setting and the patent policies of the IETF and the Telecommunications Standards Bureau of the ITU
Mr Willingmyre is "Special Advisor to the International Federation of Standards Users" Mr Willingmyre supports the IFWG19 on Intellectual Property and Standards
GTW examined Potential
for International Co-operation and Reduction of Trade Barriers arising
from Technical Requirements and Conformity Assessment procedures in the
Telecommunications Sector for the OECD Trade Committee.
GTW completed for
the German National Standards Organization DIN a report
Standardization in the United States and presented the findings "Service Standards in the United States"
at the Conference "Services Standards
for Global Markets" in Berlin
The European Commission selected GTW Associates to complete
a "Guide to the US/EU MRA." The report
business in the United States of America Facilitating conformity
assessment Guide to the mutual recognition agreement between the
European Community and the United States of America March 2001
is available on the DG Trade Web site
GTW Associates partnered with Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc and MTA Japan in a European Commission-funded 2003 project to complete a practical guide to the Mutual recognition Agreement between the European Community and Japan.
Associates advises global
businesses on national and
international standards and conformity assessment policy and procedures
and competitive strategies. See Strategic
and Tactical Standards Developments in the European Market: Threats or
Opportunities? completed jointly with IC Focus.
The New Energy and Industrial
Technology Development Organization
requested GTW to report on "Current Developments in standards
related to fuel cells and delivery of hydrogen"
GTW completed a report "Status of the IETF IPR policy" presenting a high level overview of the IETF organization and the governing procedures and guidelines applicable to the evolution of the revised policy.
Asian Productivity Organization Selected GTW Associates to assist The
Singapore Productivity & Standards Board (PSB) on Standards &
Conformance for Productivity & Market Acceptance. (See
also Singapore PSB celebration of National Quality Day November
30, 1997) GTW Associates recommended national
strategies for Mutual Recognition Agreements as tools for promoting the
acceptance of Singapore exports in global markets, outlined the scope of
a necessary Conformity Assessment infrastructure and identified the
organizations with whom PSB should network to assist industry meet
testing and certification requirements in the US and Global markets. See
& Conformance for Productivity & Market Acceptance
FOR THE SINGAPORE PRODUCTIVITY AND STANDARD BOARD
Associates counseled the American Hotel and Motel Association on
standards protocol, intellectual property rights policy and protection,
and administration of the Hospitality Industry Technology Integration Standards (HITIS) committee.
Associates completed research projects in 1998 for the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and the Automotive
Lift Institute. See INVESTIGATIVE
REPORT FOR AUTOMOTIVE LIFT INSTITUTE, INC. March, 1998.
International Development Center of Japan
(IDCJ) selected GTW Associates
to survey and report on laboratory accreditation activities in
the United States and Europe. IDCJ
requested GTW Associates to survey and describe the laboratory
accreditation traceability systems in the United States, German, France
and Britain. Features,
Strengths, weaknesses, problems of, successes, and drawbacks of varying
approaches to laboratory accreditation were to identified.
Considerations in a National Approach to Laboratory Accreditation,
Japan Standards Association (JSA) contracted with GTW Associates in 1998
to collect information concerning Conformity Assessment
Organizations in the North American Marketplace: Canada; Mexico; and the
United States. See Product
Certification, Testing Laboratories, Personnel Certification and
their Accreditation Status in the North American Marketplace
JSA requested background on US standards and conformity
assessment policy. See Investigation
regarding conformity assessment in the U.S.A. including laboratory
accreditation and self-declaration March 1999 .
The Royal Thai Embassy and the Thailand Industrial Standards Institute contracted with GTW Associates to prepare manuals and organize workshops on standard and regulations appropriate to increase trade between the United States and Thailand