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Subject: [ebxml-dev] Re: ebXML applications and IBM patents (again)....


I don't know the answer and if I did, I am not authorized to reply.  I will
pass this posting on to the appropriate parties inside IBM.

IBM has very recently updated its IPR disclosure to the CPPA team to
explicitly include open source implementations.  It's on the CPPA team web



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:       Martin W Sachs/Watson/IBM@IBMUS                                     
                      <andrzej@chaeron.        cc:       ebxml-dev@lists.ebxml.org                                           
                      com>                     Subject:  Re: ebXML applications and IBM patents (again)....                  
                      11/13/2002 10:34                                                                                       
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> You do not need to use the ebXML registry in order to use CPPs and CPAs.
> The registry supports discovery of potential trading partners.  If two
> trading partners want to get together and simply build a CPA to govern
> their message exchanges, that is fine and conforms to the specification.

Just wondering if you can clarify why IBM is dragging their tails in
granting a
license for CPA/CPP usage to the Open ebXML project?


To quote from the Open ebXML site:

> Unfortunately uncertainties regarding the IBM IPR statement relating
> to OASIS CPPA prevents us from releasing full open source support for
> OASIS CPP and CPA documents. A license for open source development has
> been applied for but no answer has been received during the last couple
> of months.We have also received a clear indication that IBM is willing
> to defend their patent from research and new innovations

This does not jive with your comments a few months back about IBM making
their CPA/CPP IP available without restriction.


Andrzej Jan Taramina
Chaeron Corporation: Enterprise System Solutions

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