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Guidelines for Working Groups on Intellectual Property Issues (RFC3669)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021851D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-13
Document File: 18 page(s) / 41K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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S. Brim: AUTHOR

Abstract

This memo lays out a conceptual framework and rules of thumb useful for working groups dealing with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues. It documents specific examples of how IPR issues have been dealt with in the IETF.

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Network Working Group S. Brim

Request for Comments: 3669 Cisco Systems, Inc.

Updates: 2026 February 2004

Category: Informational

Guidelines for Working Groups on Intellectual Property Issues

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

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

Abstract

This memo lays out a conceptual framework and rules of thumb useful

for working groups dealing with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

issues. It documents specific examples of how IPR issues have been

dealt with in the IETF.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

2. The Problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

3. The Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

4. Case Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

4.1. PPP CCP and ECP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

4.2. IPS WG (IP Storage). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

4.3. PEM and PKI issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

4.4. VRRP (Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol). . . . . . . . 6

4.5. Secure Shell (SecSH) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

4.6. IDN (Internationalized Domain Name). . . . . . . . . . . 7

5. General Principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

5.1. Types of IPR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

5.2. When to Think About IPR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

5.3. IPR as a Technology Evaluation Factor. . . . . . . . . . 9

5.4. Patents versus Pending Patents Applied For . . . . . . . 10

5.5. Applicability: It's Hard to Prove a Negative . . . . . . 11

5.6. Licensing Terms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

5.7. Third-Party Disclosure of IPR Claims . . . . . . . . . . 14

5.7.1 Third-Party Disclosure Advice. . . . . . . . . . . 14

6. Security Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

7. Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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8. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

8.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

8.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

9. Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

10. Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

1. Introduction

This memo lays out a conceptual framework and rules of thumb to

assist working groups dealing with IPR issues. The goal is to

achieve a balance between the needs of IPR claimants and the

implementers of IETF standards which is appropriate to current times.

As part of trying to distill out principles for dealing with IPR in

IETF working groups, it provides case studies of working group IPR

treatment. In other words, it documents the running code of the IETF

process.

This memo does not describe IPR...