C14N Patent Declaration Request Formality

Now that the Canonical XML specification is a part of this Working Group,
this email serves the requirement that IETF [1] and W3C [2] Chairs solicit
declarations of any WG members' knowledge regarding intellectual property
that may be relevant to the Canonical XML specification.


[1] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2026.txt (section 10)
   (B)  The IETF encourages all interested parties to bring to its
      attention, at the earliest possible time, the existence of any
      intellectual property rights pertaining to Internet Standards.
      For this purpose, each standards document shall include the
      following invitation:

         "The IETF invites any interested party to bring to its
         attention any copyrights, patents or patent applications, or
         other proprietary rights which may cover technology that may be
         required to practice this standard.  Please address the
         information to the IETF Executive Director."

[2] http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/#ipr

  1.5 W3C's Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy
   W3C promotes an open working environment. Whenever possible, technical
   decisions should be made unencumbered by intellectual property right
   (IPR) claims. To this end, W3C discloses to the entire Membership all
   IPR claims made by Members. Members may disclose IPR claims at any
   time. Members disclose patent and other IPR claims by sending email to
   an archived mailing list that is readable by Members and the Team:
   patent-issues@w3.org. Members must disclose all IPR claims to this
   mailing list but they may also copy other recipients. For instance,
   they should copy the Activity Lead responsible for a particular
   technology to ensure that the IPR claims receive prompt consideration.
   Advisory Committee representatives are responsible for facilitating
   communication with IPR contacts in their organization. When disclosing
   IPR claims, individuals should therefore copy their Advisory Committee
   Member disclosures of IPR claims about a particular subject should
   include the following language:
     To the best of my knowledge, I believe my organization has/doesn't
     have IPR claims regarding [subject].
   Members are encouraged to disclose their claims in detail whenever
   Announcements, important documents, and frequently visited Web pages
   should remind Members to disclose IPR claims. Important places of
   interaction include: Activity proposals and briefing packages, calls
   for participation in groups and their charters, the Member home page,
   Activity home pages, and Group home pages.

Joseph Reagle Jr.   
W3C Policy Analyst                mailto:reagle@w3.org
IETF/W3C XML-Signature Co-Chair   http://www.w3.org/People/Reagle/

Received on Thursday, 6 July 2000 15:15:35 UTC