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Subject: Re: Scope of SAP patents related to UBL and ebXML

Forwarded as requested; see


Response follows separately.



Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 14:52:08 +0100
From: "von Riegen, Claus" <claus.von.riegen@sap.com>
Subject: AW: Scope of SAP patents related to UBL and ebXML
To: jon.bosak@sun.com
Cc: eduardo.gutentag@sun.com, jamie.clark@oasis-open.org,

Dear Jon,

Thank you for your request. I assume that you refer to statements
that certain individuals made about SAP being in the business of
protecting intellectual property that in some way or another is
related to the standards development at UN/CEFACT. While I don't
know the motivation of these individuals, I do know that this
caused a lot of unnecessary confusion inside and outside of

I believe that all what is needed in order to clarify the
situation is to educate participants in standards development at
UN/CEFACT and in standardization efforts that base their work on
UN/CEFACT deliverables about the meaning and implications of the
UN/CEFACT IPR Policy. Fortunately, UN/CEFACT management - during
the September UN/CEFACT Forum meeting in Stockholm - did just
that. Please see, for example, the presentation from Mark Palmer,
UN/CEFACT Vice Chair [1] and the UNECE press release [2] that was
published shortly after the Forum meeting.

More concretely, as any other member of UN/CEFACT Permanent
Groups, SAP is bound to the UN/CEFACT IPR Policy and its
obligations, including the obligation to waive our rights to
enforce intellectual property necessary to use specifications from
UN/CEFACT Permanent Groups in which we participate.

Please forward this message to the UBL TC mailing list since I am
not a TC Member and, thus, can not post myself.

If you have any further question, please don't hesitate to get
back to me.


[1] http://www.uncefactforum.org/MEETINGS/ForumPresentations_files/IPR/1%20IPR%20Overview%20Mark%20Palmer.ppt

[2] http://www.uncefactforum.org/MEETINGS/ForumPresentations_files/IPR/IPR%20session%20Press%20Release%20PR07_trade04e_H.doc

Claus von Riegen
Director Technology Standards
Global Partner and Ecosystem Group
Dietmar-Hopp-Allee 16
69190 Walldorf, Germany
T +49 6227 7-42589
F +49 6227 78-19953
M +49 160 8896870

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