Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
On Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:17:39 -0800
"Lawrence Rosen" <lrosen(_at_)rosenlaw(_dot_)com> wrote:
Rather than a standing board (which was what I thought you had
[LR:] I had indeed intended a standing board, and still do. Why have
to agitate and recruit an expert team over every question, when a
simple question referred to an IPR Advisory Board for an answer will
probably suffice? But like most of your points in this paragraph,
it's open for discussion....
The advantage of a per-WG board is that members would likely have
familiarity with the technology and history of the field. The
advantage of a standing board is familiarity with patents and
procedures. Pick it...
Patents and Procedures.
[LR:] Be very careful. No attorney who can be deemed to speak on
behalf of IETF regarding patents should be there opining IETF's
opinion about actual patents. Instead, I recommend that we have an
invited (and probably open) selection of other attorneys who are
willing to sign up and actually participate as individuals, not
representing specific clients and speaking with appropriate liability
caveats. For process purposes, however, the IPR Advisory Board can
probably be chaired by an IETF patent counsel just to make sure
everyone behaves.... We'll have to see how many brave attorneys are
actually willing to participate in the entire IETF community's
behalf, but if W3C is an example, we'll find lots of willing
I wonder -- the IETF has been known to be hostile to lawyers...
Anyway -- I think this is a promising suggestion, and not
inconsistent with IETF practice or policy. But a fully-fleshed out
I-D -- one that addresses the membership and the alternatives -- is
probably needed, if only as a matter of form.
[LR:] Ahhhhh yes, form. :-) Does anyone else volunteer? Do we have a
I'll participate, but I sure don't have the cycles to write anything,
nor am I likely to be at very many IETF meetings for the PAG WG or even
the PAG bar bof...
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb
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