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Intellectual property rights

The IETF standards process provides a mechanism for filing disclosures regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

In depth

The IETF intellectual property rights rules are defined in RFC 8179, "Intellectual Property Rights in IETF Technology." 

The IETF takes no position regarding the validity or scope of any intellectual property rights or other rights that might be claimed to pertain to the implementation or use of the technology described in any IETF documents or the extent to which any license under such rights might or might not be available; nor does it represent that it has made any independent effort to identify any such rights. The material posted as IPR disclosures should be viewed as originating from the source of that information, and any issue or question related to the material should be directed to the source rather than the IETF. There is no implied endorsement or agreement by the IETF, the IESG or any other IETF entities with any of the material.

These pages provide a mechanism for filing Disclosures about intellectual property rights (IPR) and for finding out what IPR Disclosures have been filed. The IETF intellectual property rights rules are defined in RFC 3979 (updated by RFC 4879). The procedures for how the IETF handles subpoenas can be found at http://iaoc.ietf.org/subpoenas.html.

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Bibliography

  • [1] RFC 3979
    Intellectual Property Rights in IETF Technology

    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 ...

  • [2] RFC 4879
    Clarification of the Third Party Disclosure Procedure in RFC 3979

    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 hold...

    Dr. Thomas Narten