The ECC Document and the IESG
Dear S/MIME WG:
During discussions last week at the IETF meeting, there were hallway
discussions about whether the ECC algorithms document can be implemented
without infringing on patents (or yet-to-be-issued patents). During these
hallway discussions, it became clear to me that the known patent holders
are unable to make a statement that either confirms or denies the ability
to create unencumbered ECC implementations.
As a result of this situation, I suggested that the ECC algorithms document
be published as an Informational RFC.
The IESG met yesterday, and they discussed the ECC algorithms
document. Jeff Schiller explained the situation, and he explained desire
for publication as an Informational RFC. However, in my original request
to the IESG, I had asked for publication as a Standards Track
document. This contradiction raised the question, "Does the WG know?"
I am sending this note to make sure that all concerned are aware of the
situation. This is also the time for anyone that thinks the ECC algorithms
document should be published on the Standards Track to speak up. If I do
not hear objections by 2 January 2002, I will assume that publication of
the ECC algorithms document as an Informational RFC is acceptable.