TL;DR - Do standardised concepts ever make money?
Recently I have been wondering if conceptual ideas ever make money, more specifically whether a conceptual idea that is standardised ever makes money? If so, how does it do this? If not, why do they not make money?
An example of a concept that has become a standard is the OSI model, the OSI model is a conceptual idea which governs how traffic passes through a network from the physical layer (layer 1) right up to the application layer (layer 7). This concept has become a standard idea and guideline in networking so much so we now "speak in OSI" what that means is, if there's a cable issue it's a "layer 1 problem" and if there is a routing issue it's considered to be a "layer 3 issue"