WG and Patent Issues

>ACTION ITEMS 4. Joseph Reagle: Check with Patent Working Group and look 
>into Protocols Charter (Eric, W3C) about issues on Intellectual Property 
>and Licensing Fees.

In order to close that action item: the policy I would advocate would be the 
same one that XML Protocols recently adopted [1] except that people would 
also have to send the email of notice to the public list.

5.7 IPR Disclosure

W3C promotes an open working environment. Whenever possible, technical 
decisions should be made unencumbered by intellectual property right (IPR) 
claims. W3C's policy for intellectual property is set out in section 1.5 of 
the W3C Process document.
Members of the XML Protocol Working Group and any other Working Group 
constituted within the XML Protocol Activity are expected to disclose any 
intellectual property they have in this area. Any intellectual property 
essential to implement specifications produced by this Activity must be at 
least available for licensing on a royalty-free basis. At the suggestion of 
the Working Group, and at the discretion of the Director of W3C, 
technologies may be accepted if they are licensed on reasonable, 
non-discriminatory terms.

Members disclose patent and other IPR claims by sending email to the 
archived WG list and an archived mailing list that is readable by Members 
and the W3C team: patent-issues@w3.org. Members must disclose all IPR claims 
to these mailing list but they may also copy other recipients.

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, 13 November 2000 19:25:29 UTC