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Clarification of the Third Party Disclosure Procedure in RFC 3979 (RFC4879)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000149891D
Original Publication Date: 2007-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Apr-12
Document File: 5 page(s) / 6K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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T. Narten: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document clarifies and updates a single sentence in RFC 3979. Specifically, when third party Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) disclosures are made, the intention is that the IETF Executive Director notify the IPR holder that a third party disclosure has been filed, and to ask the IPR holder whether they have any disclosure that needs to be made, per applicable RFC 3979 rules.

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Network Working Group                                          T. Narten Request for Comments: 4879                                           IBM BCP: 79                                                       April 2007 Updates: 3979 Category: Best Current Practice

    Clarification of the Third Party Disclosure Procedure in RFC 3979

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 IETF Trust (2007).

Abstract

   This document clarifies and updates a single sentence in RFC 3979.    Specifically, when third party Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)    disclosures are made, the intention is that the IETF Executive    Director notify the IPR holder that a third party disclosure has been    filed, and to ask the IPR holder whether they have any disclosure    that needs to be made, per applicable RFC 3979 rules.

 Narten                   Best Current Practice                  [Page 1]
 RFC 4879              Third Party Fix for RFC 3979            April 2007

 1.  Introduction

   This document clarifies and updates a single sentence in RFC 3979    [RFC3979].  Specifically, when third party IPR disclosures are made,    the intention is that the IETF Executive Director notify the IPR    holder that a third party disclosure has been filed, and to ask the    IPR holder whether they have any disclosure that needs to be made,    per applicable RFC 3979 rules.

   This document updates RFC 3979.

2.  The Fix

   RFC 3979, Section 4 (C), states:

    (C) Where Intellectual Property Rights have been disclosed for IETF         Documents as provided in Section 6 of this document, the IETF         Executive Director shall request from the discloser of such IPR,         a written assurance that upon approval by the IESG for         publication as RFCs of the relevant IETF specification(s), all         persons will be able to obtain the right to implement, use,         distribute and exercise other rights with respect to         Implementing Technology under one of the licensing options         specified in Section 6.5 below unless such a statement has         already been submitted.

   In the case of third party disclosures, it makes no sense to ask the    discloser about potential licensing terms, since they do not own the    IPR.  Instead, it only makes sense to ask the IPR holder.

   This document updates RFC 3979 by changing the word "discloser" to    "holder" in the above text.

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