> From: "Hallam-Baker, Phillip" <pbaker(_at_)verisign(_dot_)com>
> If someone participates under a pseudonym with the objective of
> inserting patented technology and anyone finds out they are in big
> trouble. Much worse than any prior case.
We should write in our rules that anyone who contributes technology to any
IETF activity which they know to be either a) patented, b) the subject of a
filing, or c) the subject of a planned future filing, *without disclosing said
patent status* to the WG/I*, either:
- i) thereby grants an irrevocable, in perpetuity, no-fee license to use said
patent(s) to everyone in connection with any implementation of any IETF
specification resulting from said activity (if they are in any kind of
position to do so, e.g. are an employee of the patent holder),
- ii) agrees to indemnify anyone in the universe for any costs they may incur
through use of said patent(s) in connection with any implementation of any
IETF specification resulting from said activity (if they aren't).
That oughta go a long way to fixing *that* problem.
(And if our IP rules, which I haven't looked at recently, already said that,
my apologies, and don't kick me too hard! :-)
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