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A Template for IETF Patent Disclosures and Licensing Declarations A Template for IETF Patent Disclosures and Licensing Declarations
Status of this Memo Status of this Memo
This document is an Internet-Draft and is in full conformance with This document is an Internet-Draft and is in full conformance with
all provisions of Section 10 of RFC2026 [i]. <Editorial comment - all provisions of Section 10 of RFC2026 [i].
insert updated boilerplate in conformance with Bradner submission-
rights document.>
Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering
Task Force (IETF), its areas, and its working groups. Note that Task Force (IETF), its areas, and its working groups. Note that
other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet- other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet-
Drafts. Drafts.
Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months
and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any
time. It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference time. It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference
material or to cite them other than as "work in progress." material or to cite them other than as "work in progress."
The list of current Internet-Drafts can be accessed at The list of current Internet-Drafts can be accessed at
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The list of Internet-Draft Shadow Directories can be accessed at The list of Internet-Draft Shadow Directories can be accessed at
http://www.ietf.org/shadow.html. http://www.ietf.org/shadow.html.
Abstract Abstract
This document describes a template for IETF patent disclosures and This document describes a template for IETF patent disclosures and
licensing declarations. Such a template may be used to inform the licensing declarations. The optional use of this template is meant to
IETF of patent information regarding all types of IETF documents, and simplify the process of such disclosures and licensing declarations
licensing information regarding IETF standards-track documents. The and to assist disclosers in providing the necessary information to
optional use of this template is meant to simplify the process of meet the obligations documented in RFC XXXX [ii].
such disclosures and licensing declarations and to assist disclosers
in providing the necessary information to meet the obligations
documented in <insert pointer to Bradner technology-rights RFC here>.
Table of Contents Table of Contents
1. Introduction...................................................2 1. Introduction...................................................2
2. The Patent Disclosure and Licensing Declaration Template.......2 2. The Patent Disclosure and Licensing Declaration Template.......2
3. Commentary on Terms used in the Template.......................5 3. Commentary on Terms used in the Template.......................5
Security Considerations...........................................6 Security Considerations...........................................7
References........................................................7 References........................................................7
Acknowledgments...................................................7 Acknowledgments...................................................7
Authors' Addresses................................................7 Authors' Addresses................................................7
Full Copyright statement..........................................7 Full Copyright statement..........................................8
1. Introduction 1. Introduction
RFC XXXX [ii] <RFC Editor - please substitute Bradner technology- RFC XXXX [ii] documents the current IETF policies and obligations
rights RFC number here> documents the current IETF policies and with respect to disclosure of patents and patent applications. It
obligations with respect to disclosure of patents and patent also documents the information requested in licensing declarations
applications. It also documents the information requested in for IETF specifications. In the interest of making these patent
licensing declarations for IETF Proposed Standards, Draft Standards, disclosure and licensing declaration processes simpler, this document
and Standards. In the interest of making these patent disclosure and proposes a patent disclosure and licensing declaration template that
licensing declaration processes simpler, this document proposes a may be optionally used as one method for IETF participants and patent
patent disclosure and licensing declaration template that may be
optionally used as one method for IETF participants and patent
holders to comply with patent disclosure requirements and licensing holders to comply with patent disclosure requirements and licensing
declaration provisions under RFC XXXX. For the latest information on declaration provisions under RFC XXXX. For the latest information on
how to submit a patent disclosure or licensing declaration, please how to submit a patent disclosure or licensing declaration, please
see <insert URL for submission information here - same as in see http://www.ietf.org/ipr-instructions.
technology-rights (RFC XXXX)>.
2. The Patent Disclosure and Licensing Declaration Template 2. The Patent Disclosure and Licensing Declaration Template
<START OF TEMPLATE> START OF TEMPLATE
This document is an IETF Patent Disclosure and Licensing Declaration This document is an IETF Patent Disclosure and Licensing Declaration
Template and is submitted to inform the IETF of a) patent information Template and is submitted to inform the IETF of a) patent information
regarding the IETF document listed in Section IV, and b) licensing regarding the IETF document or contribution listed in Section IV, and
information in cases where such listed document is or becomes an IETF b) a Patent Holder's intention with respect to the licensing of its
standards track document or where the Patent Holder elects to provide necessary patent claims upon approval by the IESG for publication as
this licensing information for a non-standards track document. No an RFC of the relevant IETF specification. No actual license is
actual license is implied by submission of this template. Please implied by submission of this template. Please complete and submit a
complete and submit a separate template for each IETF document. separate template for each IETF document or contribution to which the
disclosed patent information relates.
I. Patent Holder/Organization ("Patent Holder") I. Patent Holder/Organization ("Patent Holder")
Legal Name: Legal Name:
II. Patent Holder's Contact for License Application II. Patent Holder's Contact for License Application
Name: Name:
Department: Department:
Address: Address:
Telephone: Telephone:
Fax: Fax:
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IV. IETF Document or Working Group Contribution to Which Patent IV. IETF Document or Working Group Contribution to Which Patent
Disclosure Relates Disclosure Relates
Title: Title:
RFC Number or I-D Tag: RFC Number or I-D Tag:
Other Designations: Other Designations:
V. Disclosure of Patent Information (i.e., patents or patent V. Disclosure of Patent Information (i.e., patents or patent
applications required to be disclosed by Section 6 of RFC XXXX applications required to be disclosed by Section 6 of RFC XXXX)
[insert reference to Bradner's technology-rights document.]
A. For granted patents or published pending patent applications, A. For granted patents or published pending patent applications,
please provide the following information: please provide the following information:
Patent, Serial, Publication, Registration, or Application/File Patent, Serial, Publication, Registration, or Application/File
number(s): number(s):
Date(s) granted or applied for: Date(s) granted or applied for:
B. Does your disclosure relate to an unpublished pending patent B. Does your disclosure relate to an unpublished pending patent
application? application?
Select one: Yes ______ No ______ Select one: Yes ______ No ______
C. If an Internet-Draft or RFC includes multiple parts and it is not C. If an Internet-Draft or RFC includes multiple parts and it is not
reasonably apparent which part of such Internet-Draft or RFC is reasonably apparent which part of such Internet-Draft or RFC is
alleged to be covered by the information disclosed in IV(A) or IV(B), alleged to be covered by the information disclosed in Section V(A) or
the discloser should identify here the sections of the Internet-Draft V(B), the discloser should identify here the sections of the
or RFC that are alleged to be so covered. Internet-Draft or RFC that are alleged to be so covered.
VI. Licensing Declaration for IETF Proposed Standards, Draft VI. Licensing Declaration
Standards, or Standards (or for non-standards-track IETF documents at
the election of the Patent Holder):
If the IETF Document referenced in Section IV above is or becomes an The Patent Holder states that, upon approval by the IESG for
IETF Standards Track document (or if the Patent Holder elects to make publication as an RFC of the relevant IETF specification, its
a licensing declaration with respect to a non-Standards Track position with respect to licensing any patent claims contained in the
document), the Patent Holder states that its position with respect to patent(s) or patent application(s) disclosed above that would be
licensing any patent claims contained in the patent(s) or patent necessary to implement the technology required by such IETF
application(s) disclosed above that would be necessary to implement specification ("Patent Claims") is as follows (select one licensing
the technology required by the IETF Proposed Standard, Draft declaration option only):
Standard, or Standard (or other IETF document)("Patent Claims") is as
follows (select one option only):
___ No License Required for Implementers ___ No License Required for Implementers
Check here if this licensing declaration is limited solely
to standards-track IETF documents ___
___ Royalty-Free, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory License to All ___ Royalty-Free, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory License to All
Implementers Implementers
Check here if this licensing declaration is limited solely
to standards-track IETF documents ___
___ Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory License to All Implementers ___ Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory License to All Implementers
with Possible Royalty/Fee with Possible Royalty/Fee
Check here if this licensing declaration is limited solely
to standards-track IETF documents ___
___ Licensing Declaration to be Provided Later (implies a ___ Licensing Declaration to be Provided Later (implies a
willingness to license in some form to all implementers; willingness to license in some form to all implementers;
otherwise, "Unwilling to License to All Implementers" must be otherwise, "Unwilling to License to All Implementers" must be
selected) selected)
___ Unwilling to License to All Implementers ___ Unwilling to License to All Implementers
NOTE: The individual submitting this template represents and warrants NOTE: The individual submitting this template represents and warrants
that he or she is authorized by the Patent Holder to agree to the that he or she is authorized by the Patent Holder to agree to the
above-selected licensing declaration. above-selected licensing declaration.
VII. Contact Information of Submitter of this Form (if different from VII. Contact Information of Submitter of this Form (if different from
IETF Participant in Section IV above) IETF Participant in Section III above)
Name: Name:
Title: Title:
Department: Department:
Address: Address:
Telephone: Telephone:
Fax: Fax:
Email: Email:
VIII. Other Notes: VIII. Other Notes:
<END OF TEMPLATE> END OF TEMPLATE
3. Commentary on Terms used in the Template 3. Commentary on Terms used in the Template
The "Other Designations" field in Section IV "IETF Document" may be Section III requests contact information for the Patent Holder's IETF
used to identify relevant IETF working group materials (oral or
written) other than an Internet-Draft or RFC to which a disclosure is
related.
Section III requests contact information for the Patent HolderĘs IETF
Participant whose personal belief that necessary patent claims were Participant whose personal belief that necessary patent claims were
implicated by an IETF document or discussion caused this template to implicated by an IETF document or discussion caused this template to
be filed. This is an optional section. However, if Section III is not be filed. This is an optional section. However, if Section III is not
completed, then Section VII must be completed. Even if Section III is completed, then Section VII must be completed. Even if Section III is
completed, Section VII must still be completed if the submitter of completed, Section VII must still be completed if the submitter of
this template is different from the IETF participant identified in this template is different from the IETF participant identified in
Section III. Section III.
Section VIII in the template, "Other Notes," may be used for any The "Other Designations" field in Section IV may be used to identify
additional information a discloser or Patent Holder wishes to relevant IETF working group materials (oral or written) other than an
provide. Internet-Draft or RFC to which a disclosure is related.
Here is an explanation of the licensing declaration options in Here is an explanation of the licensing declaration options in
Section VI of the template: Section VI of the template:
a) No License Required for Implementers: The Patent Holder does not a) No License Required for Implementers: The Patent Holder does not
require parties to acquire any license to its Patent Claims in order require parties to acquire any license to its Patent Claims in order
to implement the IETF Proposed Standard, Draft Standard, or Standard. to implement the IETF specification.
b) Royalty-Free, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory License to All b) Royalty-Free, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory License to All
Implementers: The Patent Holder will, upon request, grant a license Implementers: The Patent Holder will, upon request, grant a license
to its Patent Claims to all implementers of the IETF Proposed to its Patent Claims to all implementers of the IETF specification on
Standard, Draft Standard, or Standard on a royalty-free basis (i.e., a royalty-free basis (i.e., no royalty or other fee) and under
no royalty or other fee) and under reasonable and non-discriminatory reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.
terms.
c) Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory License to All Implementers with c) Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory License to All Implementers with
Possible Royalty/Fee: The Patent Holder will, upon request, grant a Possible Royalty/Fee: The Patent Holder will, upon request, grant a
license to its Patent Claims to all implementers of the IETF Proposed license to its Patent Claims to all implementers of the IETF
Standard, Draft Standard, or Standard under reasonable and non- specification under reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (which
discriminatory terms (which may include a royalty/fee). may include a royalty/fee).
d) Licensing Declaration to be Provided Later (implies a willingness d) Licensing Declaration to be Provided Later (implies a willingness
to license in some form to all implementers): The Patent Holder is to license in some form to all implementers): The Patent Holder is
willing to license its Patent Claims in some form to all implementers willing to license its Patent Claims in some form to all implementers
of the IETF Proposed Standard, Draft Standard, or Standard, but wants of the IETF specification, but wants to defer the declaration of its
to defer the declaration of its licensing type until a later point in licensing type until a later point in time (or when asked for this
time (or when asked for this information by the IESG). This option information by the IESG). This option may not be selected if the
may not be selected if the Patent Holder is unwilling to license its Patent Holder is unwilling to license its Patent Claims.
Patent Claims.
e) Unwilling to License to All Implementers: The Patent Holder e) Unwilling to License to All Implementers: The Patent Holder
refuses to license its Patent Claims to all implementers of the IETF refuses to license its Patent Claims to all implementers of the IETF
Proposed Standard, Draft Standard, or Standard, except on an specification, except on an implementer-by-implementer basis, in its
implementer-by-implementer basis, in its sole discretion. sole discretion.
Options a), b) and c) above also allow the Patent Holder to indicate
(with a check) whether its licensing declaration is limited solely to
standards-track documents. If left unchecked, the Patent Holder's
licensing declaration will be deemed to apply to all IETF documents,
including non-standards-track documents. This standards-track
qualifier is not relevant to licensing declaration options d) and e),
because under d) the Patent Holder has not yet indicated its specific
licensing intention and under e) the Patent Holder has indicated a
general refusal to license.
Section VIII in the template, "Other Notes," may be used for any
additional information a discloser or Patent Holder wishes to
provide. For example, a Patent Holder may use the "Other Notes"
Section to indicate any other conditions on the licensing declaration
option selected in Section VI (e.g., reciprocity).
Security Considerations Security Considerations
This document relates to IETF process, not any particular technology. This document relates to IETF process, not any particular technology.
There are security considerations when adopting any particular There are security considerations when adopting any particular
technology, regardless of whether patents and patent applications or technology, regardless of whether patents and patent applications or
licensing disclosures are implicated by such technology. A working licensing disclosures are implicated by such technology. A working
group should take those security considerations into account as one group should take those security considerations into account as one
part of evaluating the technology, but there are no security part of evaluating the technology, but there are no security
considerations per se with these IETF processes. considerations per se with these IETF processes.
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