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Subject: RE: re workprocess IPR placeholder

Laura asked
>Terry, your points are important ones, especially as there has recently
been a substantial increase in interest in formalizing existing industry
working groups under the OASIS umbrella.  Can you point us to the IETF

The relevant page is


which begins,

"This page contains information pertaining to Internet Standards for which 
intellectual Property Rights have been asserted or conveyed in some manner.

"The IESG/IETF take no position regarding the validity or scope of any 
intellectual property right or other rights that might be claimed to 
pertain to the implementation or use of the technology, or the extent 
to which any license under such rights might or might not be available."

then lists a couple dozen patent statements and some RFCs, and closes with

"The following text on Intellectual Property Rights is extracted from The 
Internet Standards Process(C)."

"Where the IESG knows of rights, or claimed rights under (A), the IETF 
Executive Director shall attempt to obtain from the claimant of such 
rights, a written assurance that upon approval by the IESG of the relevant 
Internet standards track specification(s), any party will be able to obtain 
the right to implement, use and distribute the technology or works when 
implementing, using or distributing technology based upon the specific 
specification(s) under openly specified, reasonable, non-discriminatory 
terms. The Working Group proposing the use of the technology with respect 
to which the proprietary rights are claimed may assist the IETF Executive 
Director in this effort. The results of this procedure shall not affect 
advancement of a specification along the standards track, except that 
the IESG may defer approval where a delay may facilitate the obtaining 
of such assurances. The results will, however, be recorded by the IETF 
Executive Director, and made available. The IESG may also direct that 
a summary of the results be included in any RFC published containing 
the specification."

and "The Internet Standards Process" is


regards, Terry

Terry Allen                             
Advanced Technology Group               
Commerce One, Inc.
Walnut Creek, Calif.

(you know that, but Bob G likes to see it ...)

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