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Potentially Relevant XML Signature Patent

From: Joseph M. Reagle Jr. <reagle@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 17:12:13 -0400
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To: "IETF/W3C XML-DSig WG" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>
Cc: patent-issues@w3.org, scoya@ietf.org
This email is notice that a Chair of the xmldsig WG has received a pointer
[1] to the following marketing claim about intellectual property that might
be relevant to our work. I've been unable to communicate with
representatives of the company or garner any other information about this
claim. The following holds:

   Neither the [8]IESG/IETF or the [9]W3C take a position
   regarding (1) the validity or scope of any intellectual property right
   or other rights that might be claimed to pertain to the implementation
   or use of the technology, nor (2) the extent to which any license
   under such rights might or might not be available. 

[1] http://www.ilumin.com/technology/index.html    
The Digital Handshake Server Suite is iLumin's patent-pending, end-to-end,
enforceable online transaction technology. A branded add-in service offering
for any Internet site or eBusiness application, Digital Handshake
dramatically reduces the inefficiencies, costs, time and error associated
with today's extended and labor-intensive document and business closure
cycle. This innovative transaction system enables multiple parties to
interact, and each may be running dissimilar operating systems, databases
and application technologies. 

The Digital Handshake technology employs digital signatures, XML and
Web-enabled applications to create the first end-to-end, fully automated and
legally binding business closure process. Its components include an Online
Signing Room, a Digital Clerk and an e-Cabinet.

Digital Handshake Assures users of:

  Secure Access to Documents 
  Identity Authentication 
  Data Security 
  Document Integrity 
  Compliance with Digital Signature Laws
  and Requirements 
  Non-repudiation of Legally Binding Documents 
  Secure Storage and Access Control 
  Privacy and Confidentiality 
The Digital Handshake tech is designed to provide easy access to information
using any Internet browser. It offers multiple levels of security for access
control, identity authentication, and confidentially of sensitive legal
documents. iLumin's security and tagging features enables only designated
parties access to a document.

Digital Handshake incorporates digital signature as well as tamper-proof
encryption technologies. The use of XML-tagged "intelligent documents"
supports multiple digital signatures and eliminates unauthorized changes.
Sections of a document can be tagged to automate the processing as well as
to ensure confidentiality and privacy. 

Joseph Reagle Jr.   
W3C Policy Analyst                mailto:reagle@w3.org
IETF/W3C XML-Signature Co-Chair   http://www.w3.org/People/Reagle/
Received on Monday, 10 July 2000 17:12:15 UTC

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