[cabf_governance] FW: CABF as a formal organization

Dean Coclin Dean_Coclin at symantec.com
Wed Nov 16 21:21:58 MST 2016

As discussed on the last call, there was interest in having the forum become
a formal organization. Below is the reason from ETSI, for discussion on the
next call.


From: Sonia Compans
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:18 PM
To: Dean Coclin
Cc: arno.fiedler at outlook.com; Xavier Piednoir
Subject: RE: CABF as a formal organization

Hi Dean,

This was even faster than I expected as I could get the feedback from our
External Relations officer quickly (Xavier Piednoir, here in copy).

Let me explain the potential benefits of CAB Forum becoming a legal entity,
at least from the ETSI viewpoint.

For several years now, ETSI and CAB Forum have had some kind of
collaboration for policies for website certificates resulting in ETSI
standards building on CAB Forum specifications and ETSI scheme being
recognized by CAB Forum. As CAB Forum has so far not been a legal entity,
ETSI and CAB Forum signed a Letter of Intent (in 2009) which only allows
exchanging informational material and no having technical collaboration. So
far the collaboration has in fact taken place thanks to common members, i.e.

If CAB Forum becomes a legal entity, ETSI and CAB Forum could set up a
formal partnership and sign a Memorandum of Understanding or a cooperation

An MoU would allow formal technical collaboration with nomination of CAB
Forum observers in ETSI TC ESI  and vice-versa, with exchange of working
documents and drafts, technical discussions, joint promotion through e.g.
workshops, literature.

A cooperation agreement allows all what is possible with an MoU plus
creating joint specifications, incorporation of text from the other party,
adoption of publicly available specifications  in to ETSI Technical
Specifications or Technical Reports. This level requires the compatibility
of the Partner’s IPR Policy with ETSI’s.

I hope this helps and we would be interested in knowing the outcome of CABF

Best regards

Sonia Compans  - Technical Officer

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