[cabfpub] Voting Begins: Ballot 206: Amendment to IPR Policy & Bylaws re Working Group Formation
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Fri Mar 30 16:29:50 UTC 2018
Mozilla votes YES on ballot 206.
On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 8:20 PM, Virginia Fournier via Public <
public at cabforum.org> 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:
> -- MOTION BEGINS –
> 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
> 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
> - 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
> - 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.
> -- MOTION ENDS –
> 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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