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Intellectual Property Rights in IETF Technology (RFC3668)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021850D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-18
Document File: 18 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Bradner: AUTHOR

Abstract

The IETF policies about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), such as patent rights, relative to technologies developed in the IETF are designed to ensure that IETF working groups and participants have as much information about any IPR constraints on a technical proposal as possible. The policies are also intended to benefit the Internet community and the public at large, while respecting the legitimate rights of IPR holders. This memo details the IETF policies concerning IPR related to technology worked on within the IETF. It also describes the objectives that the policies are designed to meet. This memo updates RFC 2026 and, with RFC 3667, replaces Section 10 of RFC 2026. This memo also updates paragraph 4 of Section 3.2 of RFC 2028, for all purposes, including reference [2] in RFC 2418.

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Network Working Group S. Bradner

Request for Comments: 3668 Harvard University

BCP: 79 February 2004

Updates: 2028, 2026

Category: Best Current Practice

Intellectual Property Rights in IETF Technology

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the

Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

The IETF policies about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), such as

patent rights, relative to technologies developed in the IETF are

designed to ensure that IETF working groups and participants have as

much information about any IPR constraints on a technical proposal as

possible. The policies are also intended to benefit the Internet

community and the public at large, while respecting the legitimate

rights of IPR holders. This memo details the IETF policies

concerning IPR related to technology worked on within the IETF. It

also describes the objectives that the policies are designed to meet.

This memo updates RFC 2026 and, with RFC 3667, replaces Section 10 of

RFC 2026. This memo also updates paragraph 4 of Section 3.2 of RFC

2028, for all purposes, including reference [2] in RFC 2418.

Table of Contents

1. Definitions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

2. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

3. Contributions to the IETF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

3.1. General Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

3.2. Rights and Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

4. Actions for Documents for which IPR Disclosure(s) Have Been

Received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

4.1. No Determination of Reasonable and Non-discriminatory

Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

5. Notice to be included in RFCs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

6. IPR Disclosures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

6.1. Who must make an IPR disclosure? . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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6.2. The timing of providing disclosure . . . . . . . . . . . 9

6.3. How must a disclosure be made? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

6.4. What must be in a disclosure?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

6.5. What licensing information to detail in a disclosure . . 12

6.6. When is a disclosure required? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

7. Failure to disclose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

8. Evaluating alternative technologies in IETF working groups . . 13

9. Change control for technologies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

10. Licensing requirements to advance standards track documents. . 14

11. No IPR disclosures in IETF documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

12. Security Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

13. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

13.1. Nor...