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ODVA, Inc.

4220 Varsity Dr #A
48108 Ann Arbor
+1 734 975 8840
+1 734 922 0027

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Founded in 1995, ODVA is a global association whose members comprise the world’s leading automation companies. ODVA’s mission is to advance open, interoperable information and communication technologies in industrial automation. ODVA recognizes its media independent network protocol, the Common Industrial Protocol or “CIP™” — and the network adaptations of CIP — EtherNet/IP™, DeviceNet™, CompoNet™ and ControlNet™ — as its core technology and the primary common interest of its membership. For future interoperability of production systems and the integration of the production systems with other systems, ODVA embraces the adoption of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and standard, unmodified Internet and Ethernet technologies as a guiding principle wherever possible. This principle is exemplified by EtherNet/IP — the world’s number one industrial Ethernet network. ODVA is a trade and standards development organization consisting of member companies. No person or entity owns ODVA. ODVA direct its activities to promote the common interest of its members and not for the benefit of any particular member and, moreover, is required to do so by law because it is recognized by the United States Department of Treasury as a 501(c)6 business league. To qualify for membership, a company must manufacture, or exhibit well-documented plans to manufacture, hardware and/or software products that (A) integrate technologies of ODVA or (B) are designed to enhance the implementation, operation and/or support of hardware and/or software products that integrate technologies of ODVA in a multi-vendor systems environment. ODVA is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, and incorporated in the State of Wisconsin, USA. As stated in its Articles of Incorporation recorded with the State of Wisconsin, ODVA is organized and operates for the following purposes: To promote the adoption of a viable industrial automation communications network standard based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), including the promulgation of standards, the establishment of compliance criteria, and conformance and compatibility testing. To sponsor technical development and enhancement activities, marketing and promotion of conforming products, and vendor and user education, all as may be relative to the ODVA standards. To engage in any other lawful activity within the purposes with the purposes for which corporations may be organized under Chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes which are complementary to or in support of the purposes stated in (1) and (2) above. ODVA provides the legal framework for the collaboration of its members, who are in fact competitors, in support of ODVA’s purposes. Because ODVA’s members are competitors, ODVA takes measures to ensure that ensure that its activities are carried out in a manner that complies with antitrust and competition laws as they pertain to trade and standards development organizations. ODVA can provide this legal framework because governments around the world have recognized standards development as a pro-competitive activity that benefits industry overall. To ensure that the intellectual property created through the collaboration of its members remains pro-competitive, ODVA strives to produce work product, such as its technical specifications, that is vendor-neutral, open, and vibrant, while at the same time recognizing and protecting the legitimate intellectual property rights of its Members.

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