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Patent Policy Activity Statement

The Patent Policy Activity's goal is to enable W3C to implement and successfully operate the W3C Patent Policy. The policy was put into place in February 2004, and the work of developing and implementing it is complete. It is important that the W3C community have an organized way to monitor application of the policy as well as remain informed about relevant developments in the legal and standards environment.

Highlights Since the Previous Advisory Committee Meeting

The Patent and Standards Interest Group (PSIG) is well established but not very active. It responded to W3C Member's questions around the Patent Policy. It also gave advise on several new entries in the Patent Policy FAQ. was launched in December 2004 and started operations. Several questions were addressed and suggestions were delivered to the W3C Team. There was no public statement as all questions addressed Member confidential matters.

The PSIG is addressing questions around the Patent Policy, including the difficult balancing of Patent Policy commitments in the new W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA). After creation, no further question on the CLA did arise. Evidently, the PSIG continues to monitor the operation of the W3C Patent Policy and to issue new FAQ items on a per need basis.

Upcoming Activity Highlights

The PSIG has just finished the discussion about the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA). Currently, the discussion focuses around what the next steps could be. This includes the evaluation and reform of the Patent Policy and the versioning-question that is still not entirely solved.

Summary of Activity Structure

GroupChairTeam ContactCharter
Patents and Standards Interest Group
Donald Deutsch, Scott PetersonWendy Seltzer, Rigo WenningChartered until 31 December 2015

This Activity Statement was prepared for TPAC 2014 per section 5 of the W3C Process Document. Generated from group data.

Danny Weitzner, Technology and Society Domain Lead

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