I don't think that this is the time to get into patent discussions. It
is far from clear that any patent claims can be granted to any party
over a protocol that is essentially a variation of PEM.
The only significant difference between PEM and DKIM is the adoption of
DNS based key records in a form that is very similar to the
opportunistic encryption crowd. Some people probably remember the
presentation I made to that group in which I described mechanisms based
on work that we had at that time reduced to practice which applied the
ideas of DNS based keying and DNS based security to email, http and
[mailto:owner-ietf-mailsig(_at_)mail(_dot_)imc(_dot_)org] On Behalf Of Frank
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 12:48 PM
Subject: Re: MASS BOF Agenda and Proposed charter
Michael Thomas wrote:
This is just for the BOF.
Okay, that's no problem then. I vaguely recall that William
announced a pending patent application for something in the
meta-signatures, and that's not yet listed on the IPR pages:
The IPR-link "filed with the IETF" on the mipassoc-page is broken.
Could the draft charter declare all IPR issues as "off topic" pointing
to the IPR list ? IPR was a major pain in MARID (sure, I know that
banning it won't make it go away, but maybe it's possible to redirect it
somehow). Bye, Frank