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Subject: Re: [ebxml-dev] Anyone else rather perturbed by IBM's recentannouncement....

You apparently are not familiar with standards patent policies and
practices.  Licensing patents for "reasonable and nondiscriminatory" terms
is quite common though not universal.  Below is a reply that I posted on
the ebtwg list:

First of all, you can view the IBM IPR disclosure on the CPPA page of the
OASIS web site. The OASIS IPR policy is also publicly shown on the OASIS
top level page.

IBM has a patent covering electronic agreements which dates from before the
ebXML CPA work started.  We disclosed it recently in accordance with OASIS
policy which is "reasonable and nondiscriminatory licensing" (RAND).  There
was an unfortunate snafu earlier somewhere inside IBM.  The disclosure was
to be made to ebXML (also RAND policy) in mid-2000 in conjunction with the
startup of the CPP-CPA team but someone dropped the ball. I am not
authorized to discuss the legal matters but anyone with a specific concern
about CPPA version 1, which predates the disclosure, should contact the IBM
attorney mentioned in the disclosure.



Martin W. Sachs
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
P. O. B. 704
Yorktown Hts, NY 10598
914-784-7287;  IBM tie line 863-7287
Notes address:  Martin W Sachs/Watson/IBM
Internet address:  mwsachs @ us.ibm.com

                      Andrzej Jan                                                                                         
                      Taramina                 To:       ebxml-dev@lists.ebxml.org                                        
                      <andrzej@chaeron.        cc:                                                                        
                      com>                     Subject:  [ebxml-dev] Anyone else rather perturbed by IBM's recent         
                      04/17/2002 06:41                                                                                    
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..that they have patents and IP relating to CPP/CPA's and do not intend to
them for free?

Article on the subject at:


Chaeron Corporation

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