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Intellectual Property Rights in IETF Technology (RFC3979)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000083337D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-01
Document File: 18 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Bradner: AUTHOR [+2]

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 3978, 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, Ed.

Request for Comments: 3979                            Harvard University

BCP: 79                                                       March 2005

Obsoletes: 3668

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 (2005).

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 3978, 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

Bradner                  Best Current Practice                  [Page 1]

RFC 3979                 IP in IETF Technology                March 2005

       6.1.  Who Must Make an IPR Disclosure? . . . . . . . . . . . .  9

       6.2.  The Timing of Providing Disclosure . . . . . . . . . . .  9

       6.3.  How Must a Disclosure be Made? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

       6.4.  What Must b...