"Intellectual property claims have blindsided the Internet
Engineering Task Force and could derail the group's efforts to
develop a common scheme for supporting foreign-language domain
names across the Internet...."
"The IETF's Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) working group
recently discovered that an Ann Arbor, Mich., start-up named Walid
received a patent on Jan. 30 that appears to cover many aspects of
the technical solution developed by the working group...."
"IETF officials last week asked Walid to reconsider and instead
license the patent for free to all interested parties. If not, the
IETF will likely scrap this approach and start over, which could
make Walid's patent worthless."