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Fyi: 2020 Process Document and Patent Policy operational on September 15 2020

From: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:07:00 -0400
To: W3C Process CG <public-w3process@w3.org>
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Congratulations to the community for their work on these updates!

The following documents will take effect on 15 September 2020.

  World Wide Web Consortium Process Document
  https://www.w3.org/2020/Process-20200915/

  World Wide Web Consortium Patent Policy
  https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy-20200915/


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Process Document and Patent Policy transition phase

Groups may publish under the new Process beginning 15 September 2020;
infrastructure changes are underway and being tested. The W3C Process
Document approved in 2019 will be superseded. In practice, all groups
using Process 2019 will automatically move to Process 2020. /TR
publications published after this date should update the Process
reference in the SOTD (Status of the Document section) to '15 September
2020'.

On the same day the new Patent Policy is also adopted and groups will go
through a transition phase from 1 November to 15 January. While the 5
February 2004 (updated 1 August 2017) Patent Policy remains in effect,
all new proposed charters will use the 2020 Patent Policy.

Existing Working Groups who wish to take advantage of the enhanced
Patent Policy will need to recharter in order to adopt the new Patent
Policy, due to the impact on the patent commitments for specifications
on the Recommendation track. Participants will be asked to rejoin the
Working Groups once the new charter is approved by the Director.

In order to avoid sending simultaneously multiple calls for review of
all current Working Group charters, we intend to update existing
charters that extend beyond March 2021. This will be solely for the
purpose of changing to Patent Policy 2020.

Since the Members already reviewed the new Patent Policy, we will
directly survey each Working Group whose current charter extends beyond
March 2021. We will start this survey on November 1 after TPAC 2020,
asking their preference regarding the timing of the switch to the new
Patent Policy:

- For all Working Groups who wish to adopt the new Patent Policy
immediately, the W3C Director will approve a revised charter on the
December 1, triggering a 45-day period for participants to rejoin the
Working Group (until January 15, 2021).
- For the Working Groups who prefer to wait, they may remain under their
current charter, but must switch to the new Patent Policy upon their
next rechartering.

The Patent Policy places only disclosure obligations on Interest Groups.
These are unchanged in Patent Policy 2020 and does not impact current
participation in Interest Groups.

Philippe
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