Thanks for your response, Richard. On this point:
I have nothing against obtaining patents to be used only defensively.
If company A wants to do this, I presume it will start by give
everyone a royalty-free license to use the original standard.
I am aware of at least one particular company who largely only patents
defensively, and I wonder if that is in fact the general state of the
interactions with the IETF. Have people have found that in the past
there was a problem making use of even an informational or experimental
RFC because of patent restrictions?
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