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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. all provisions of Section 10 of RFC2026.
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
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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
http://www.ietf.org/ietf/1id-abstracts.txt http://www.ietf.org/ietf/1id-abstracts.txt
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 proposal for one form of a template for
licensing declarations. The optional use of this template is meant to IETF patent disclosures and licensing declarations. The optional use
simplify the process of such disclosures and licensing declarations of this template is meant to simplify the process of such disclosures
and to assist disclosers in providing the necessary information to and licensing declarations and to assist disclosers in providing the
meet the obligations documented in RFC XXXX. necessary information to meet the obligations documented in RFC XXXX.
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...........................................7 Security Considerations...........................................7
Normative References..............................................7 Normative References..............................................7
Acknowledgments...................................................7 Acknowledgments...................................................7
Authors' Addresses................................................7 Authors' Addresses................................................8
Intellectual Property Statement...................................8 Intellectual Property Statement...................................8
Full Copyright statement..........................................8 Full Copyright statement..........................................9
1. Introduction 1. Introduction
RFC XXXX [i] documents the current IETF policies and obligations with RFC XXXX [i] documents the current IETF policies and obligations with
respect to disclosure of patents and patent applications. It also respect to disclosure of patents and patent applications. It also
documents the information requested in licensing declarations for documents the information requested in licensing declarations for
IETF specifications. In the interest of making these patent IETF specifications. In the interest of making these patent
disclosure and licensing declaration processes simpler, this document disclosure and licensing declaration processes simpler, this document
proposes a patent disclosure and licensing declaration template that proposes a patent disclosure and licensing declaration template that
may be optionally used as one method for IETF participants and patent 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. This proposal also may be
how to submit a patent disclosure or licensing declaration, please optionally used as a model by the IETF Secretariat for Web-based
see http://www.ietf.org/ipr-instructions. disclosure and licensing declaration tools; however, the intent of
this document is informational and is not meant to suggest that this
is the only method that could be used by IETF participants for
disclosure of patents or for licensing declarations. For the latest
information on how to submit a patent disclosure or licensing
declaration, please see http://www.ietf.org/ipr-instructions.
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 or contribution listed in Section IV, and regarding the IETF document or contribution listed in Section IV, and
b) a Patent Holder's intention with respect to the licensing of its b) a Patent Holder's intention with respect to the licensing of its
necessary patent claims. No actual license is implied by submission necessary patent claims. No actual license is implied by submission
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Address: Address:
Telephone: Telephone:
Fax: Fax:
Email: Email:
III. Contact Information for the IETF Participant Whose Personal III. Contact Information for the IETF Participant Whose Personal
Belief Triggered the Disclosure in this Template (Optional): Belief Triggered the Disclosure in this Template (Optional)
Name: Name:
Title: Title:
Department: Department:
Address: Address:
Telephone: Telephone:
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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)
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 (dd/mm/yy): Date(s) granted or applied for (YYYY-MM-DD):
Country(ies):
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 patent information disclosed in Section alleged to be covered by the patent information disclosed in Section
V(A) or V(B), it is helpful if the discloser identifies here the V(A) or V(B), it is helpful if the discloser identifies here the
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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
Section III requests contact information for the Patent Holder's IETF Section III requests contact information for the Patent Holder's IETF
participant whose personal belief that necessary patent claims are participant whose personal belief that necessary patent claims are
implicated by an IETF document or contribution caused this template implicated by an IETF document or contribution caused this template
to be filed. This is an optional section. However, if Section III is to be filed. This is an optional section. However, if Section III is
not completed, then Section VII must be completed. Even if Section not completed, then Section VII must be completed. Even if Section
III is completed, Section VII must still be completed if the III is completed, Section VII must still be completed if the
submitter of this template is different from the IETF participant submitter of this template is different from the IETF participant
identified in Section III. identified in Section III.
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specification. specification.
d) Licensing Declaration to be Provided Later: The Patent Holder is d) Licensing Declaration to be Provided Later: The Patent Holder is
willing to commit to the provisions of a), b), or c) above, but wants willing to commit to the provisions of a), b), or c) above, but wants
to defer its specific selection of one of these licensing declaration to defer its specific selection of one of these licensing declaration
options until a later point in time (or when asked for this options until a later point in time (or when asked for this
information by the IESG). This option may not be selected if the information by the IESG). This option may not be selected if the
Patent Holder is unwilling to commit to the provisions of a), b), or Patent Holder is unwilling to commit to the provisions of a), b), or
c) above. In that case, the Patent Holder must select licensing c) above. In that case, the Patent Holder must select licensing
declaration option e) - "Unwilling to Commit to the Provisions of a), declaration option e) - "Unwilling to Commit to the Provisions of a),
b), or c) Above". b), or c) Above."
e) Unwilling to Commit to the Provisions of a), b), or c) Above: The e) Unwilling to Commit to the Provisions of a), b), or c) Above: The
Patent Holder indicates an unwillingness to commit to the provisions Patent Holder indicates an unwillingness to commit to the provisions
of any of options a), b), or c) described above. of any of options a), b), or c) described above.
Options a), b), and c) above also allow the Patent Holder to indicate Options a), b), and c) above also allow the Patent Holder to indicate
(with a check) whether its licensing declaration is limited solely to (with a check) whether its licensing declaration is limited solely to
standards-track RFCs. If left unchecked, the Patent Holder's standards-track RFCs. If left unchecked, the Patent Holder's
licensing declaration will be deemed to apply to any implementation licensing declaration will be deemed to apply to any implementation
of the relevant IETF specification, including non-standards-track of the relevant IETF specification, including non-standards-track
documents and Internet-Drafts. However, the Patent Holder may list documents and Internet-Drafts. However, the Patent Holder may list
other conditions or restrictions on its commitment to forego a other conditions or restrictions on its commitment to forego a
license (option a)) or on its commitment to license (options b) and license (option a)) or on its commitment to license (options b) and
c)) in Section VIII - "Other Notes". This standards-track qualifier c)) in Section VIII - "Other Notes." This standards-track qualifier
is not relevant to licensing declaration options d) and e), because is not relevant to licensing declaration options d) and e), because
under d) the Patent Holder has not yet indicated its specific under d) the Patent Holder has not yet indicated its specific
licensing intention and under e) the Patent Holder has indicated a licensing intention and under e) the Patent Holder has indicated a
general refusal to commit to the provisions of any of options a), b), general refusal to commit to the provisions of any of options a), b),
or c) above. or c) above.
Section VIII in the template, "Other Notes," may be used for any Section VIII in the template, "Other Notes," may be used for any
additional information a discloser or Patent Holder wishes to additional information a discloser or Patent Holder wishes to
provide. For example, a Patent Holder may use the "Other Notes" provide. For example, a Patent Holder may use the "Other Notes"
Section to indicate any other conditions or restrictions on the Section to indicate any other conditions or restrictions on the
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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 patent or patent application technology, regardless of whether patent or patent application
disclosures or licensing declarations are implicated by such disclosures or licensing declarations are implicated by such
technology. A working group should take those security considerations technology. A working group should take those security considerations
into account as one part of evaluating the technology, but there are into account as one part of evaluating the technology, but there are
no security considerations per se with these IETF processes. no security considerations per se with these IETF processes.
Normative References Normative References
i Bradner, S., "Intellectual Property Rights in IETF Technology", i Bradner, S., "Intellectual Property Rights in IETF Technology,"
RFC XXXX, <month> 2003. RFC XXXX, <month> 2003.
Acknowledgments Acknowledgments
The authors acknowledge the thoughtful contributions of Harald The authors acknowledge the thoughtful contributions of Harald
Alvestrand and Scott Bradner to this document. Alvestrand and Scott Bradner to this document.
Authors' Addresses Authors' Addresses
Valerie See Valerie See
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