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Multimodal Interaction Working Group Patent Policy Status

Participation

W3C Member Organizations
  • ACCESS CO., LTD. (1 representative)
  • Boeing Company (1 representative)
  • Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories (1 representative)
  • INSTITUT TELECOM (1 representative)
  • MIMOS BHD (3 representatives)
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (1 representative)
  • Nuance Communications, Inc. (4 representatives)
  • Openstream, Inc. (2 representatives)
  • Voxeo (2 representatives)
Invited Experts
  • Deborah Dahl
  • Sebastian Feuerstack
  • Michael Johnston
  • Jim Larson
  • B Helena RODRIGUEZ
Team members
  • Kazuyuki Ashimura

Join or leave this group (see general instructions for joining this group). Advisory Committee Representatives of participating Members may also nominate or change representatives in the group.

The Call for Participation for this group was announced on 23 June 2015; see the Patent Policy FAQ for information about continued participation before re-joining the group.

Licensing Commitments

Participants in this group have made certain licensing commitments by joining the group. See the details about licensing commitments from current and past Participants and other parties.

W3C Members not participating in this group who wish to make the same licensing commitments for specifications developed by this group may do so through a form for licensing commitments from non-participating Members.

Other parties who wish to make the licensing commitments for this group should consult the instructions for non-Members to make licensing commitments for this group.

Specifications for this group

The following is the list of specifications produced by the Multimodal Interaction Working Group that have associated disclosures obligations, and possibly licensing obligations under the W3C Patent Policy.

Drafts
Specification Policy Disclose Exclude Add licensing information Disclosure & exclusion
Delivery Context: Client Interfaces (DCCI) 1.0
Also developed by Ubiquitous Web Applications Working Group, Device Independence Working Group,
W3C Disclose No open exclusion opportunity Add licensing information N/A
EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language Version 1.1 W3C Disclose No open exclusion opportunity Add licensing information N/A
Discovery & Registration of Multimodal Modality Components: State Handling W3C Disclose Exclude until 08 November 2015 Add licensing information N/A
Recommendations
Specification Policy Disclosures
Ink Markup Language (InkML) W3CNone
EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language W3CNone
Multimodal Architecture and Interfaces W3CNone
Emotion Markup Language (EmotionML) 1.0 W3CNone

See the detailed information on how to disclose a patent, how to exclude a patent claim and how to add licensing terms below.

Note: If a specification does not appear in this table, the group may have identified it as being "informative only." To add or modify an item in this table, please refer to the IPP instructions.

Patent Disclosures and Claim Exclusions

This section summarizes patent disclosures by participants in W3C's Multimodal Interaction Working Group as required by section 6 of the 5 February 2004 W3C Patent Policy. Note: This disclosure mechanism applies to all W3C Working Groups after 15 February 2004, per the Patent Policy Transition Procedure.

W3C takes no position regarding either:

  1. the validity or scope of any intellectual property right or other rights that might be claimed to pertain to the implementation or use of the technology, or
  2. the extent to which any license under such rights might or might not be available from those not participating in this group.

W3C Members are obligated to disclose a patent when they receive a request for disclosure and have personal knowledge of the patent under the following conditions:

Where disclosure is required by a W3C Member, the AC Representative makes the disclosure.

Anyone else may also make a disclosure.

Known Disclosures

No patent disclosures have been made for any specifications of this group.

How to Make a Patent Disclosure

W3C Members and Invited Experts (including those not participating in this group) wishing to disclose a patent for any specification produced by the Multimodal Interaction Working Group should use the Multimodal Interaction Working Group patent disclosure form.

Disclosures from the general public should be sent to the Staff Contacts of this group.

For specifications developed under the W3C Patent Policy, parties that commit to the W3C Royalty-Free Licensing Terms are not required to disclose patents. Any party (not just the Working Group Participants) may commit to the W3C Royalty-Free Licensing Terms and may do so by following the instructions in the next section.

Claim Exclusions

Only Multimodal Interaction Working Group participants may exclude patent claims concerning specifications developed under the W3C Patent Policy, per section 4 of the W3C Patent Policy. To make an exclusion, participants should use the Multimodal Interaction Working Group patent claim exclusion form, but only after first disclosing the patent.

Exclusion Opportunities

The Patent Policy FAQ provides detailed information about exclusion opportunities, that is, when a Working Group Participant can exclude a patent claim.

Each exclusion opportunity has a duration. See section 4.1 of the W3C Patent Policy and section 2 of the Patent Policy Transition Procedure for information on how the exclusion deadline is calculated.

At each exclusion opportunity, Participants may exclude patent claims with respect to a body of text. The Reference Draft is the reference body of text for the current exclusion opportunity.

Note: At each new exclusion opportunity (e.g., in the case of a second Last Call), exclusions are only with respect to differences since the previous reference body of text. These differences may be less than an entire document, and the summary below does not (yet) address that granularity. Also, in some edge cases (discussed in the FAQ), Participants, depending on when they joined the Working Group, will have different Reference Drafts; the summary below does not reflect this case.

History of Exclusion Opportunities

Ink Markup Language (InkML)
  1. Call for exclusion sent on 20 January 2005; opportunity ended on 18 April 2005
  2. Call for exclusion sent on 06 November 2006; opportunity ended on 04 January 2007
  3. Call for exclusion sent on 27 May 2010; opportunity ended on 26 July 2010
EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language
  1. Call for exclusion sent on 20 January 2005; opportunity ended on 18 April 2005
  2. Call for exclusion sent on 16 September 2005; opportunity ended on 15 November 2005
  3. Call for exclusion sent on 09 April 2007; opportunity ended on 08 June 2007
Multimodal Architecture and Interfaces
  1. Call for exclusion sent on 21 July 2005; opportunity ended on 19 September 2005
  2. Call for exclusion sent on 25 January 2011; opportunity ended on 26 March 2011
  3. Call for exclusion sent on 12 September 2011; opportunity ended on 10 November 2011
Emotion Markup Language (EmotionML) 1.0
  1. Call for exclusion sent on 29 October 2009; opportunity ended on 28 March 2010
  2. Call for exclusion sent on 07 April 2011; opportunity ended on 06 June 2011
EMMA: Extensible MultiModal Annotation markup language Version 1.1
  1. Call for exclusion sent on 09 February 2012; opportunity ended on 08 July 2012
  2. Call for exclusion sent on 10 May 2012; opportunity ended on 08 July 2012

Additional Licensing Information

As described in section 5 of the W3C Patent Policy:

All Working Group participants are encouraged to provide a contact from which licensing information can be obtained and other relevant licensing information. Any such information will be made publicly available along with the patent disclosures for the Working Group in question.

Patent holders may:

  1. Provide additional licensing information for documents produced by this Working Group
  2. Provide the same additional licensing information for all documents with associated licensing obligations produced by this Working Group, or
  3. Provide additional licensing information for any W3C document with associated licensing obligations produced by any W3C Working Group under the W3C Patent Policy.

Please recall that, per section 5 of the W3C Patent Policy, a W3C Royalty-Free license:

may not impose any further conditions or restrictions on the use of any technology, intellectual property rights, or other restrictions on behavior of the licensee, but may include reasonable, customary terms relating to operation or maintenance of the license relationship such as the following: choice of law and dispute resolution.

Any additional licensing information that has been provided is listed below. The section below will be empty when no additional licensing information has been provided.

Note: All actions carried out through this system are reported by email to the relevant parties; copies are sent to w3c-archive@w3.org (Member-readable archive).


Maintained by Carine Bournez (carine@w3.org) (originally developed by Dominique Hazaël-Massieux).
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