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[ontolog-forum] Fwd: Notice of OASIS Intellectual Property Rights Policy

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From: Peter Yim <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 13:07:34 -0700
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To all Ontolog members,    (01)

Ref. the Ontolog IPR Policy -
http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiHomePage#nid32    (02)

Since the Ontolog IPR policy defaults to the OASIS policy if and when
it is not explicitly stated (for the Ontolog community), Ontolog
members are hereby notified of the impending OASIS IPR Policy changes
as outlined in the message below.    (03)

Regards.  =ppy    (04)

Peter Yim
Co-convener, ONTOLOG
--    (05)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:  <member_services@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM
Subject: Notice of OASIS Intellectual Property Rights Policy Change
To: peter.yim@xxxxxxxx    (06)

We are pleased to officially notify you, an Individual/Associate
member representing CIM Engineering Inc.(CIM3)*, that the OASIS
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy has been revised. The
revision  addresses suggestions we received from members as well as
the evolving legal landscape concerning standards. This new version of
the IPR Policy was approved by the Board of Directors on 19 May 2009
and becomes effective on 4 August 2009.    (07)

The primary amendment to the current Policy is the addition of a
"Non-Assertion" IPR Mode under which new TCs may choose to operate.
Members in a TC that operates under this new Non-Assertion IPR Mode
automatically make, upon becoming an Obligated Party,  a non-assertion
covenant as laid down   in Section 10.3 of the revised Policy.
(Several defined terms in the Policy were updated to accommodate this
addition.)    (08)

The introduction of the Non-Assertion Mode does not affect any of the
three existing IPR Modes, or the duties and obligations of members in
existing TCs.    (09)

Other changes to the IPR Policy are minor, and include the correction
of non-substantive references and the addition of a new Section 13.3,
which seeks to apply bankruptcy law protections to licenses or
non-assertion covenants that might otherwise be terminated in a
bankruptcy proceeding of the party that granted them.    (010)

The new Policy can be found at
A red-line version of the IPR Policy showing the exact changes made is
available at
http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty-changes-2009-05-19.pdf    (011)

OASIS is proud to offer the new Non-Assertion Mode as an option for
those OASIS members who find value in developing open standards under
these terms.  We invite your feedback on the change via the publicly
archived mailing list, board-comment@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx If you
would prefer to send me a private communication on this or any
OASIS-related topic, please contact me using the email address below.    (012)

Thank you    (013)

Eduardo Gutentag
OASIS President
eduardo.gutentag@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx    (014)

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