ABOUT MIH Consortium

Last Modified: September 13, 2021

Note: This is the final draft of the MIH Consortium (the Consortium) and Open EV Alliance (the Alliance) governance. The Consortium is established on July 6, 2021. During the initial 6 months until December 31, 2021, the goal of the interim Board of Directors, CEO and its MIH Office, and Technical and Advisory Committee is to kick-off the operations of the Alliance while building a new and diverse Board, Office and Committee to complete the governance and charter to include input from the broader industry.

MIH VISION & MISSION

MIH Consortium is creating an open EV ecosystem that promotes collaboration in the mobility industry. We realize key technologies, develop reference designs and standards, while we bridge the gap between members in the ecosystem resulting in a lower barrier to entry, accelerated innovation, and shorter development cycles. Our goal is to bring the strategic partners together to build the next generation of EV, autonomous driving, and mobility service applications. Through this transformation of the automotive industry and smart mobility space, we help maintain a sustainable future.

ORGANIZATION

The MIH Consortium (the Consortium) is the legal entity that is operating the MIH Open EV Alliance (the Alliance) to promote collaboration in the mobility industry to achieve its mission.

ORGANIZATION

PROCESS

  • The Alliance shall operate under the guidance of the MIH Office with the lead of the CEO and under the supervision of the Board of Directors (the Board). The Board shall support the Consortium, raise funds and approve the annual spending of budget for the operation of the Alliance
  • The strategic direction of the Alliance will be set forth by the MIH Office with guidance from the Advisory Committee
  • The governance of Working and Interest Groups will be set forth by the Technical Committee
  • Most MIH work revolves around the realization and standardization of EV technologies. To accomplish this work, MIH promotes the development of reference designs and standards based on Working Group deliverables produced. All stakeholders can have a voice in such development

REVENUE

  • The Alliance membership fee
  • Donations from organizations and individuals
  • Income from entrusted business and provision of services

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & PATENT POLICY

PATENTS

  • Purpose
    • MIH’s patent policy seeks to reduce patent risk for Members applying MIH reference designs and standards, so that investment in the preparation, adoption and application of MIH standards would not be wasted as a result of an essential patent for a reference design or standard being unavailable
  • Disclosure of Essential Patents
    • Any member company participating in the development of reference designs and standards promoted by MIH shall disclose its patents or patent applications which according to its own judgment may be considered as an Essential Patent, to be included in a deliverable
  • Free Licensing or FRAND Licensing
    • For Essential Patents of reference designs and standards promoted by MIH, each member shall provide an irrevocable statement asserting it is willing to grant irrevocable licenses to MIH members on a royalty-free basis or on fair, reason and non-discriminatory (“FRAND”) terms and conditions under such patents
  • Non-availability of Licenses
    • Where a patent owner informs MIH that it is not willing to license a patent in respect of a reference design or standard, the technical committee may:
      • Review and change the reference design or standard to make sure the standard is not blocked by that patent
      • Request that particular member to reconsider its role within MIH
      • Request support from other MIH members to find a solution to the problem
  • MIH Ownership of Patents
    • MIH holds ownership over patents generated by its employees. MIH shall grant licenses to its members on a free-royalty basis or on FRAND terms and conditions with respect to its patents
Patent Policy

TRADEMARKS

  • Trademark ownership
    • MIH owns the trademarks of MIH and related deliverables (“Trademarks”)
  • Trademark Licensing
    • MIH provides a royalty-free license to allow its members to use the Trademarks on their products following MIH’s guidelines
  • Protection of Trademark
    • MIH is responsible for protecting the Trademarks against misuse by third parties

COPYRIGHT

  • Copyright Ownership
    • MIH owns copyright in reference designs and standards documentation and reports
  • Copyright Licensing
    • MIH provides a royalty-free license to its members to use its copyright in reference designs and standards for any purpose in order to implement conformity to references and standards.  MIH members provide a royalty-free license to MIH under their related copyrights to reproduce, distribute, display, and prepare derivative works for the purposes of developing, publishing, and distributing reference designs and standards

CHARTER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ROLES

The Board of Directors consists of 5 to 15 members

  • Chairperson and other Directors including
    • The appointed CEO, representatives of founding members, industry representatives, experts, and scholars
  • The term of Directors is four years, and they may be re-appointed
  • Directors who are re-appointed shall not exceed four-fifths of the total number of Director membersng
  • Directors are appointed by the previous Board
  • Individuals may, upon invitation, sit as Advisors to the Board

* The initial interim Directors are appointed by the initial donor, Foxconn Technology Group, and will only serve until the search of a new and diverse Board of Directors is completed, by the end of December 31st, 2021.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Appointment and dismissal of the Chairperson of the Board
  • Appointment and dismissal of Directors
  • Appointment and dismissal of the CEO
  • Examination and approval of the annual budget
  • Fundraising

COMMUNICATIONS & MEETINGS

The Board of Directors will host regular meetings at least once every six months.

  • The Board of Directors shall be chaired by the Chairperson of the Board during the meeting, and if the Chairperson is unable to attend for some reason, the present director shall elect a person to serve as the Chairperson
  • The decisions of the Board of Directors shall be established with the attendance of more than half of all Directors and the approval of more than half of the attendees

MIH OFFICE

ROLES

The MIH Office consists of

  • The CEO

and the Officers responsible for

  • Technology
  • IP, Legal, Regulations and Standards
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Finance & Administration

RESPONSIBILITIES

The CEO

  • The consortium shall have a single Chief Executive Officer who is appointed by the Board of Directors
  • The CEO is under the command and supervision of the Board of Directors to comprehensively manage the operations of the Consortium

All MIH Officers are appointed by the CEO and the MIH Office provides leadership about EV technologies, organizes, and manages MIH activities to achieve its mission within practical constraints, and communicates with the Members and the public about EV and MIH technologies.

The MIH Office will

  • Establish the articles of association, personnel rules, accounting system, internal control system and audit system to be approved by the Board of Directors
  • Supervise the consortium operation of the Alliance
  • Develop and promote of the annual work plans
  • Formulate and manage internal organizations and groups
  • Manage property and use
  • Operate Alliance member services and host Alliance events

* The initial interim CEO is appointed by the interim Board of Directors and will only serve until the end of December 31st, 2021.

COMMUNICATIONS & MEETINGS

  • The MIH Office will host regular meetings with Technical and Advisory Committee, at least once every quarter.
  • The MIH Office will host regular Alliance members event, at least once a year.
  • The MIH Office will share updates regularly about the Consortium and the Alliance `via our official channels, either online or offline.

COMMITTEE

ROLES

1) TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Technical Committee consists of 5 to 15 members

  • Head of Technical Committee, appointed by the MIH Office
  • Two or more appointed Technical Committee members, appointed by the Head of Technical Committee
  • Two or more elected Technical Committee members, elected by the Contributor Members
  • The number of elected members is to be >= number of appointed members

The terms of all Technical Committee members are for two years, beginning on January 1st and end on December 31st.

* The initial interim Technical Committee members are appointed its interim Head and will only serve until the end of December 31st, 2021.

2) ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Advisory Committee consists of 5 to 15 members

  • Head of Advisory Committee, appointed by the MIH Office
  • Two appointed Advisory Committee members, appointed by the Head of Advisory Committee
  • Two elected Advisory Committee members, elected by the Contributor Members
  • The number of elected members is to be >= number of appointed members

The terms of all Advisory Committee members are for two years, beginning on January 1st and end on December 31st.

* The initial interim Advisory Committee members are appointed its interim Head and will only serve until the end of December 31st, 2021.

RESPONSIBILITIES

1) TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Technical Committee’s mission is to steward the evolution of EV technologies via the Working and Interest Groups. Below are the aspects to this mission

  • to document and build consensus around principles of EV technologies and to interpret and clarify these principles when necessary
  • to resolve issues involving general EV technologies brought to the Technical Committee
  • to help coordinate cross-technology developments inside and outside of the Alliance
  • to decide the creation and closure of Working and Interest Group and appoint its Chair
  • to Call for Nominations and host Committee Elections

Technical Committee scope is limited to technical issues about EV technologies. The Technical Committee should not consider administrative, process, or organizational policy issues of the Alliance, which are generally addressed by the Advisory Committee and MIH Office.

2) ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Advisory Committee provides guidance to the MIH Office and documents on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, policy and conflict resolution.

Advisory Committee will Call for Nominations and host Committee Elections.

COMMUNICATIONS & MEETINGS

1) TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Technical Committee will host regular Technical Committee meetings, at least once a month. Chairs of the Group may be invited.

2) ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Advisory Committee will host regular Advisory Committee meetings, at least once a month. Chairs of the Group may be invited.

GROUPS

ROLES

1) WORKING GROUPS

A Working Group consists of 5 to 15 members

  • Chair, appointed by Technical Committee
  • At least 4 Contributor Member participants

2) INTEREST GROUPS

An Interest Group consists of 5 to 15 members

  • Chair, appointed by Technical Committee
  • At least 4 Member participants, with at least 2 Contributor Members and the rest can be Community Members

RESPONSIBILITIES

1) WORKING GROUPS

Working Groups typically produce deliverables (e.g., technical recommendations, specifications, reference designs, sample codes…etc). Working Groups must show that all changes have been (or is being) implemented in at least 2 products by 2 implementers.

Each Working Group must have a Charter. To allow rapid progress, Working Groups are intended to be small (typically fewer than 15 people) and composed of experts in the area defined by the charter.

2) INTEREST GROUPS

The primary goal of an Interest Group is to bring together people who wish to evaluate potential EV technologies and policies. An Interest Group is a forum for exchange of ideas.

Each Interest Group must have a Charter. In principle, Interest Groups have no limit on the number of participants.

COMMUNICATIONS & MEETINGS

Each Group will decide its communication and meeting mechanisms as per the Charter.

GROUP CHARTERS

A Working Group or Interest Group charter must include all the following information.

  • The Group’s mission (e.g., develop a technical recommendations, specifications, or process)
  • The scope of the Group’s work and criteria for success
  • The duration of the Group (typically from six months to two years)
  • The nature of any deliverables (e.g. technical recommendations, or software)
  • Expected milestone dates where available
  • The process for the Group to approve the release of deliverables (including intermediate results)
  • The level of confidentiality of the Group’s proceedings and deliverables
  • Meeting mechanisms and expected frequency, if known, the date of the first meeting
  • Communication mechanisms to be employed within the Group, between the Groups and the rest of the Alliance, and with the public
  • An estimate of the expected time commitment from participants
  • Intellectual property information. What is the intellectual property considerations affecting the success of the Group? Will there be difficulties to meet the recommended licensing goal?

MEMBERS

BENEFITS

How all Members benefit

  • Interaction & Leverage
    • Opportunity to work with key EV players and leverage efforts
  • Leadership & Promotion
    • Opportunity to demonstrate and promote technical leadership
  • Strategy
    • Opportunity to provide strategic direction to EV industry
  • Participation
    • Opportunity to participate in Working / Interest Groups
  • Go-to-market
    • Opportunity to engage with customers

Additional Member Services

  • Market Insights
  • Certification Training
  • IP consultation
  • Maturity assessment

MEMBER TIERS

1) FOUNDING MEMBERS

Subject to approval by the Board of Directors, Founding Members are invitation only.

  • Agree to contribute financially to the Consortium and eligible for tax benefits
  • Agree to members agreement and code of conduct
  • Depending on the contribution, Founding Members will have at least one seat on the Board of Directors
  • Eligible for one appointed seat on the Technical Committee
  • Eligible for one appointed seat on the Advisory Committee
  • Entitle to basic MIH services (general updates / events / access to repository)
  • Entitle to additional member services & benefits
  • Preferred Chair of Working and Interest Groups
  • Involve in Working Groups and Interest Groups and author and review proposals
  • Elect the Advisory Committee other than the Head of Advisory Committee
  • Elect the Technical Committee other than the Head of Technical Committee

2) CONTRIBUTOR MEMBERS

  • Agree to pay Alliance membership fees (Amount TBD)
  • Agree to members agreement and code of conduct
  • Entitle to basic MIH services (general updates / events / access to repository)
  • Entitle to additional member services & benefits
  • Involve in Working Groups and Interest Groups as Chair or group participant and author and review proposals
  • Elect the Advisory Committee other than the Head of Advisory Committee
  • Elect the Technical Committee other than the Head of Technical Committee

3) COMMUNITY MEMBERS

  • Free Alliance membership
  • Agree to members agreement and code of conduct
  • Entitle to basic MIH services (general updates / events / access to repository)
  • Involve in Interest Groups and provide input

MEMBERS AGREEMENT AND CODE OF CONDUCT

All members agree to

  • Engage in the work of the project in a professional manner consistent with maintaining a cohesive community, while also maintaining the goodwill and esteem of the Alliance in the open community.
  • Respect the rights of all patents, trademark, and copyright owners, including any branding and usage guidelines.
  • Engage or coordinate with the Alliance on outreach, website, and marketing activities.