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RE: RFC 6090 on Fundamental Elliptic Curve Cryptography Algorithms

From: Edgar, Gerald <gerald.edgar@boeing.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:50:14 -0800
To: "public-xmlsec@w3.org" <public-xmlsec@w3.org>
Message-ID: <AA2A6A44CDA6E04FA6C6963A13C5EB90634387DD8F@XCH-NW-06V.nw.nos.boeing.com>
Reading this RFC I found this portion on page 3:
     ...  The adoption of
   ECC has been slower than had been anticipated, perhaps due to the
   lack of freely available normative documents and uncertainty over
   intellectual property rights.

   This note contains a description of the fundamental algorithms of ECC
   over finite fields with characteristic greater than three, based
   directly on original references.  Its intent is to provide the
   Internet community with a summary of the basic algorithms that
   predate any specialized or optimized algorithms.  The summary is
   detailed enough for use as a normative reference.   ...

Does this mean basing our references to ECC  on the material in this RFC could comply with W3C patent Policy?

Gerald Edgar, Boeing

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Subject: Fwd: RFC 6090 on Fundamental Elliptic Curve Cryptography Algorithms

Thomas Roessler, W3C  <tlr@w3.org>  (@roessler)

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> Subject: RFC 6090 on Fundamental Elliptic Curve Cryptography 
> Algorithms
> A new Request for Comments is now available in online RFC libraries.
>        RFC 6090
>        Title:      Fundamental Elliptic Curve Cryptography Algorithms 
>        Author:     D. McGrew, K. Igoe,
>                    M. Salter
>        Status:     Informational
>        Stream:     IETF
>        Date:       February 2011
>        Mailbox:    mcgrew@cisco.com, 
>                    kmigoe@nsa.gov, 
>                    msalter@restarea.ncsc.mil
>        Pages:      34
>        Characters: 75993
>        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None
>        I-D Tag:    draft-mcgrew-fundamental-ecc-04.txt
>        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc6090.txt
> This note describes the fundamental algorithms of Elliptic Curve 
> Cryptography (ECC) as they were defined in some seminal references 
> from 1994 and earlier.  These descriptions may be useful for 
> implementing the fundamental algorithms without using any of the 
> specialized methods that were developed in following years.  Only 
> elliptic curves defined over fields of characteristic greater than 
> three are in scope; these curves are those used in Suite B.
> This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is 
> published for informational purposes.
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