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Visa Europe disclosure of patents and exclusion of claims in Web Payments Working Group

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:18:47 -0500
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To: Payments WG <public-payments-wg@w3.org>
Dear Web Payments Working Group,

Today Visa Europe carried out some actions consistent with the W3C Patent Policy [1]: they disclosed
some patents and excluded some claims from the Royalty-Free licensing requirement of the W3C Patent
Policy for deliverables of this Working Group. As the W3C Patent Policy states [2]:

 "In the event a patent has been disclosed that may be essential, but is not available under W3C RF licensing requirements,
  a Patent Advisory Group (PAG) will be launched to resolve the conflict.”

For documentation of the procedure that W3C staff follows to launch and operate a PAG, see:

The W3C Legal Team has begun to discuss next steps and will provide an update this week or next.

Some questions and answers:

 * Can the Working Group continue to work?

    Yes. The Patent Policy says:
   "During the time that the PAG is operating, the Working Group may continue its technical work within the bounds of its charter.”

 * Can the Working Group discuss the disclosed patents?

   No. The Working Group should focus on technical work. Any discussion of patents should be limited to the PAG.

   IMPORTANT: Please, therefore, do not use this mailing list to express opinions about the disclosures.

   For the list of disclosed patents and excluded claims, see:

Thank you,


[1] https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy-20040205/
[2] https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy-20040205/#sec-Exception
Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>      http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
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