This report was approved by the Fourth Web Payments Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG) on 17 March 2021.
The goal of the W3C Patent Policy is to assure that Recommendations produced under this policy can be implemented on a Royalty-Free (RF) basis. W3C forms Patent Advisory Groups (PAGs) when patent claims are asserted against or expressly excluded from royalty-free commitment for implementations of W3C Recommendations.
In February 2021, W3C launched the fourth Web Payments Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG) in response to a patent disclosure from non-participant Tom Jones (the "Disclosed Patent") claimed to bear relevance to the Payment Request API.
In this report, the PAG concludes that the Disclosed Patent does not contain Essential Claims as defined in the W3C Patent Policy and recommends that the Web Payments Working Group continue to work on Payment Request API.
|3 December 2020||W3C publishes the fourth Candidate Recommendation of Payment Request API|
|4 February 2021||Tom Jones, a non-participant, discloses a patent without RF commitment|
We adopted this approach:
Tom Jones disclosed US 8060448 B2 and did not make any RF commitment.
We analyzed both independent claims of the Disclosed Patent and concluded that Payment Request API does not require all the claim elements of either one.
Accordingly, the PAG concludes that the Disclosed Patent does not contain Essential Claims as defined in the W3C Patent Policy.
The PAG recommends that work on Payment Request API continue.
None of the authors is your attorney. No part of this report is intended as legal advice either to W3C or to its members. It is intended merely as a summary of what the PAG has learned to date. Rely on this report entirely at your own risk. This analysis includes the personal opinions of the authors.
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