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Subject: Re: [ubl] Patents


| Re the patent issue in UN/CEFACT, it is important to note that
| UN/CEFACT has a well thought out IPR policy that fully protects
| the users of its specifications.  The following email from the TMG
| chair provides several references that can help interested parties
| understand those protections.

I think we can all agree that the UN/CEFACT IPR policy is a good
thing, but that is not what is at issue here.

The relevant question is, "What are SAP's intentions with regard
to patents requested and/or issued prior to the adoption of the
UN/CEFACT IPR Policy, and in particular, what are SAP's intentions
with regards to the application of those patents in the OASIS

We need assurance from SAP that the current UN/CEFACT IPR policy
applies to all the "inventions" that SAP created by patenting the
work of the technical experts in UN/CEFACT and UBL.  With regard
to UBL, the best way to do this would be to issue a non-assertion
covenant like the one that Sun Microsystems posted a year ago:



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