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Submission request to W3C (W3C Team Comment)

We, W3C member Intel hereby submit to the Consortium the following specification, comprising the following documents attached hereto:
  1. Tentative Hold Protocol White Paper
  2. Tentative Hold Protocol Technical Specification

which collectively are referred to as "the submission". We request the submission be known as the Tentative Hold Protocol submission.


The objective of Tentative Hold Protocol is to facilitate automated coordination of multi-business transactions.  Tentative Hold Protocol is an open, loosely coupled, messaging-based framework for the exchange of information between businesses prior to the actual transaction itself. Refer to the White Paper for a high level overview of this technology, as well as business scenarios where this could be useful. 

Intellectual property Rights

Intel hereby grants to the W3C, a perpetual, nonexclusive, royalty-free, world-wide right and license under Intel copyrights in this contribution to copy, publish and distribute the contribution, as well as a right and license of the same scope to any derivative works prepared by the W3C and based on, or incorporating all or part of the contribution. Intel further agrees that any derivative works of this contribution prepared by the W3C shall be solely owned by the W3C.

Intel has not performed a search of its patent portfolio for the purpose of determining whether Intel has any patents or patent applications (collectively "Patents") that relate to the Tentative Hold Protocol submission. Intel is not willing to waive its rights in its relevant Patents, if any. However, subject to the conditions in this statement, Intel's licensing policy for Patents that read on a future Recommendation based on this submission will be to negotiate licenses on reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms. This policy shall apply only to Patent claims that read on Essential Technology as defined below. This undertaking remains valid only as long as such Recommendation exists and applies only to parties who have made an equivalent undertaking. The authors are aware of IPR related to the submission.

The definition of essential technology is taken from the W3C Patent Policy Framework Proposal-W3C Working Draft 28 September 2000: "Definition of Essential Technology. 1. "Essential" means that an implementation of the specification would necessarily infringe claims of a patent or patent application owned or controlled by the Member at any time during the life of the Working Group and the specification. A claim is necessarily infringed hereunder only when it is not possible to avoid infringing it because there is no commercially plausible non-infringing alternative for implementing the specification, including the protocols, application program interfaces, service provider interfaces, and/or data structures disclosed with particularity in the specification in order to enable products to interoperate, interconnect or communicate as defined within the specification.
2. Notwithstanding the foregoing, essential claims shall not include any claims other than as set forth above even if contained in the same patent as essential claims; or that read solely on any implementations of any portion of the specification that are not required by the specification, or that, if licensed, would require a payment of royalties by the licensor to unaffiliated third parties. Moreover, essential claims shall not include (i) any enabling technologies that may be necessary to make or use any product or portion thereof that complies with the specification but are not themselves expressly set forth in the specification (e.g., semiconductor manufacturing technology, compiler technology, object oriented technology, basic operating system technology, and the like); or (ii) the implementation of other published standards developed elsewhere and merely referred to in the body of the specification, or (iii) any portions of any product and any combinations thereof the purpose or function of which is not required for compliance with the specification. For purposes of this definition, the specification shall be deemed to include only architectural and interconnection requirements and shall not include any implementation examples unless such implementation examples are expressly identified as being included as part of the specification.

This contribution and the information contained herein is provided on an "AS IS" basis and to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Intel provides the contribution AS IS AND WITH ALL FAULTS, and hereby disclaims all other warranties and conditions, either express, implied or statutory, including, but not limited to, any (if any) implied warranties, duties or conditions of merchantability, of fitness for a particular purpose, of accuracy or completeness of responses, of results, of workmanlike effort, of lack of viruses, and of lack of negligence, all with regard to the contribution. ALSO, THERE IS NO WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, QUIET POSSESSION, CORRESPONDENCE TO DESCRIPTION OR NON-INFRINGEMENT WITH REGARD TO THE CONTRIBUTION. IN NO EVENT WILL INTEL BE LIABLE TO ANY OTHER PARTY INCLUDING THE W3C AND ITS MEMBERS FOR THE COST OF PROCURING SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA, OR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR SPECIAL DAMAGES WHETHER UNDER CONTRACT, TORT, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE, ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THIS OR ANY OTHER AGREEMENT RELATING TO THIS DOCUMENT, WHETHER OR NOT SUCH PARTY HAD ADVANCE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.


There are no registered marks referred to in the submission.


The submission may distributed within the membership of the W3C free of any fee. The submission may be distributed publicly free of any fee under the redistribution terms expressed in the W3C copyright statement.


The following points should be noted as regards licensable technology involved in any third party implementations of the technology specified in the submission: none.

Suggested action

We suggest that the Consortium publish the submission as a Note and include it as consideration in any emerging Activities dealing with Business Process Flows or Conversations..


To help with this work, we expect to be able to provide requirements, information and background on the Tentative Hold Protocol specification, as well as participate in all technical activity in this area.

Change control

Should any changes be required to the document, we would expect future versions to be produced by W3C process.


Inquiries from the public or press about this submission should be directed to: Mary-Ellin Brooks, Mary-Ellin.Brooks@intel.com, 408-765-0727, or Manny Vara, Manny.Vara@intel.com, 408-765-6829.


this 23rd day of July, 2001,

Wayne Carr, Intel, wayne.carr@intel.com