[cabfpub] Voting Begins: Ballot 206: Amendment to IPR Policy & Bylaws re Working Group Formation

Fotis Loukos fotisl at ssl.com
Mon Apr 2 16:08:39 UTC 2018

SSL.com votes Yes on ballot 206.

Kind regards,
Fotis Loukos

On 28/03/2018 06:20 πμ, Virginia Fournier via Public wrote:
> Ballot 206: Amendment to IPR Policy & Bylaws re Working Group Formation
> Purpose of Ballot:  This ballot is the result of the work done by the
> CA/Browser Forum (the “Forum”) Governance
> Reform Working Group. 
> The following motion has been proposed by Virginia Fournier of Apple and
> endorsed by Tim Hollebeek of Digicert and Jos Purvis of Cisco to amend
> the CA/Browser Forum Intellectual Property Rights Policy (“IPR Policy”)
> and Bylaws of the
> CA/Browser Forum (the “Bylaws”) regarding the formation of working groups:
> 1. Amendment to IPR Policy. The IPR Policy is hereby amended to read in
> its entirety as set
> forth on Exhibit A hereto (IPR Policy version 1.3, effective [date],
> 2018). In summary, the
> primary purpose of the amendment to the IPR Policy is to clarify that
> patent licensing
> obligations will be based on working group participation rather than
> Forum membership.
> 2. Amendment to Bylaws. The Bylaws are hereby amended to read in their
> entirety as set
> forth on Exhibit B hereto (Bylaws version 1.9, effective [date], 2018).
> In summary, the purpose
> of the amendment to the Bylaws is to:
>   * Set forth the processes required to set up and operate new Forum
>     working groups (each, a “Chartered Working Group” or “CWG”).
>   * Clarify that a CWG can create its own subcommittees without full
>     Forum approval and according to the CWG’s own approval process.
>   * Make clarifications regarding the handling of faulty ballot votes.
>   * Clarify the applicable process when there’s discrepancy between
>     proposed Guideline language in a ballot and language set forth in a
>     redline version attached to the ballot.
>   * Specify how to finalize minutes if there is no Forum meeting or
>     teleconference within 3 weeks after publication of the draft minutes.
>   * Clarify the meanings of the terms “Forum Meetings” and “Forum
>     Teleconferences."
>   * Approve the charter for the Server Certificate Working Group, which
>     will become the first Chartered Working Group (CWG).
>   * Allow already-existing working groups (“Legacy Working Groups” or
>     “LWG”) to continue operating under the old rules for up to 6 months,
>     and then transition to a Chartered Working Group (CWG) with a new
>     charter approved under Section 5.3 of the Bylaws to
>     continue thereafter; also clearly differentiate between Legacy
>     Working Groups and Chartered Working Groups.
>   * Correct the term used to define a CAB Forum member as a “Member”
>     rather than using various other terms to refer to the same thing
>     throughout the document.
>   * Correct non-substantive typos.
> 3. Approval of Charter for Server Certificate Working Group. Pursuant to
> Section 5.3.1 (Formation of Working Groups) of the amended Bylaws, the
> charter for the Server Certificate Working Group attached hereto as
> Exhibit C is hereby approved.
> 4. Applicability of Amendments. The amendments to the IPR Policy and the
> Bylaws described in this ballot shall become effective 90 days after the
> date on which the vote for approval is final, and shall not apply
> retroactively. Any Draft Guideline Ballots already in the Review Period
> when such amendments go into effect shall comply with the versions of
> the IPR Policy and the Bylaws in effect when such Review Period began.
> The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:
> BALLOT 206
> Formal discussion period:  (7 days)
> Start time:   20 March 2018 2:38 PM PDT (20 Mar 2018 21:38 UTC)
> End Time:  27 March 2018 8:00 PM PDT   (28 Mar 2018 3:00 AM UTC)
> Vote for approval (7 days)
> Start time: 27 March 2018 8:30 PM PDT (28 March 2018 3:30 AM UTC)
> End time:  3 April 2018 8:30 PM PDT (4 April 2018 3:30 AM)
> Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread on the
> Public Mail List.
> A vote in favor of the ballot must indicate a clear 'yes' in the
> response. A vote against must
> indicate a clear 'no' in the response. A vote to abstain must indicate a
> clear 'abstain' in the
> response. Unclear responses will not be counted. The latest vote
> received from any
> representative of a voting Member before the close of the voting period
> will be counted. Voting
> Members are listed here: https://cabforum.org/members/
> In order for the ballot to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes
> cast by Members in the CA
> category and greater than 50% of the votes cast by members in the
> browser category must be
> in favor, and there must be a quorum.
> Pursuant to Section 2.3(d) of the Bylaws, each Member, and not the
> Forum, will be responsible for taking precautions to make sure such
> Member’s vote is submitted properly and counted. In the event that a
> Member’s vote on a ballot is not submitted properly, such vote shall not
> be valid and shall not be counted, and there shall be no appeal, revote
> (except in the case of a new ballot submitted to all Members) or
> other recourse.
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Fotis Loukos, PhD
Director of Security Architecture
SSL Corp
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