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Re: Patent Protections at CR

From: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2011 22:38:57 +0100
Cc: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, "public-w3process@w3.org" <public-w3process@w3.org>
Message-Id: <95BDB1D0-6A2E-41CA-A442-DBD36F756601@berjon.com>
To: "Carr, Wayne" <wayne.carr@intel.com>
On Nov 16, 2011, at 22:34 , Carr, Wayne wrote:
> It isn't just to have something for lawyers to review.  Some companies may not want licensing commitments for their intellectual property that doesn't actually make it into the spec.  Candidate Rec could lead to features being thrown out.  I think for at least some companies they'd want to know it is a real, implementable spec that they're donating to.

Right. When this has come up before, the idea that was suggested was that there would be a timeout on the CR licensing commitment (e.g. 2 years) that would hold automatically (i.e. if you agree to it you can't back out of it) for all features that make it to Rec but not for anything that gets dropped. And it would be automatically cancelled if the spec didn't make it to Rec in time (if it's still in development, then a renewed CR would be required I would assume).

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
Received on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:39:21 UTC

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