Re: Future standards
Too true, there have been more than enough examples by now of companies getting their patented methods included into standards and then racking up profits through 'interesting' licensing. I know we have FRAND and similar but they tend to be reliant on companies playing nicely which never works 100%.
How about the standards committee does some proper work to value the contribution of each piece of work to the whole standard and then set AND PUBLISH a price per use of that standard with a breakdown of who gets how much from that. Contributors get a guaranteed income and anyone wanting to use it has a clear up-front cost