[cabfpub] Request for the formation of a Patent Advisory Group

Dean Coclin Dean_Coclin at symantec.com
Tue Jul 7 19:40:10 UTC 2015

Thanks Ryan. I will add this to this week’s agenda and suggest that anyone that would like to join the PAG email the group so we can start the process.



From: Ryan Sleevi [mailto:sleevi at google.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:32 PM
Subject: Request for the formation of a Patent Advisory Group


As the Validation WG works to resolve the security issues of the Baseline Requirements’ “any other method” exception (v1.3.0, Section, item 7), we’ve been doing our legal review for any issues that might be raised by the draft proposals. As a result, we’d like to bring members’ attention to an IPR Policy interpretation issue that we have noted, and we would would like to request the convening of a PAG (as described by Sections 7.1 and 7.2 of the IPR Policy).

We propose a PAG, not to discuss a concern flowing from any particular patent, but to avoid possible patent-related misunderstanding. In particular, it could be useful to make sure that CAB Forum members share a common understanding of application of the IPR Policy to the kind of requirement that is expressed in Section (a list of alternative methods for satisfying the specified requirement), and to make sure the Forum has the patent-related transparency that those who read a Forum document may have come to expect based on the Forum's royalty-free policy.

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