Yes, but after the RFC has a number and after there is widespread
common use of a technology goes over into the "they never enforced their
I mostly said what I said to shake any stealth lawyers out of the trees,
which seems to not have happened.
One can never stop scanning for submarine patents. they pop at the
most annoying times...
At 05:24 PM 5/31/00 -0700, Dave Crocker wrote:
At 04:46 PM 5/31/00 -0700, Rodney Thayer wrote:
Being as no evil lawyers from NAI or elsewhere have swooped down on this
list or on the IETF I'd say it's safe for now.
At 03:05 PM 5/31/00 -0500, William H. Geiger III wrote:
Probably just standard boilerplate. They are just putting you on notice
that by publishing their source code they are not giving up any rights
that the may hold on the code.
You are both being far too optimistic. While it is possible that you are
correct, it is equally possible -- and many would say more likely -- that
patents are, in fact, held or being prosecuted.
The IETF has had some patents emerge very late in the process, so the
concern is not academic.
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