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ZDNet: Standards Group Beats Back Patent Foes

Apr 14, 2003, 17:30 (23 Talkback[s])
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"An attempt to persuade a key Internet standards body to abandon its use of patented technologies has ended in defeat.

"The intellectual property rights (IPR) working group of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) late Wednesday made official what members had known for some time: There is no consensus within the group to restrict the use of patented technologies in IETF standards.

"'It's clear that there is no consensus to recharter to change the IETF's IPR policy,' Steve Bellovin, the working group's chairman and an AT&T network security researcher, wrote in an e-mail to working group members. 'In fact, there is likely consensus the other way, that we should not recharter at this time...'

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