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Licensing information

Additional licensing statements received by W3C for standards-track work are compiled here, with links to the original archived submissions.

Google, Inc.'s Additional Licensing Information for the Web Fonts Working Group specifications

Google is participating in the WebFonts Working Group and has thereby made the W3C Patent Policy RF commitment that flows from that participation. However, in section 8.2 of the W3C Patent Policy, claims relating to referenced material are excluded from the RF commitment: “the implementation of technology developed elsewhere and merely incorporated by reference in the body of the Recommendation”. It is anticipated that a Recommendation may issue from the WebFonts Working Group that, like the specification here, includes a normative reference to a compression algorithm known as the Brotli Compression Algorithm, for which a version of the specification is here. To negate the effect of that exclusion for the Brotli Compression Algorithm in work being done in the WebFonts Working Group, Google hereby extends its RF commitment for the WebFonts Working Group in which it is participating as follows: if and when a Recommendation is published from that working group that includes a normative reference to the Brotli Compression Algorithm, Google’s RF commitment extends as if the text of that referenced specification of the Brotli Compression Algorithm had been directly included in the text of the W3C Recommendation. In addition, to facilitate the use of the Brotli Compression Algorithm in other applications, Google hereby provides a W3C RF commitment (that is not limited to font data) to the Brotli Compression Algorithm specification linked above and, if that specification leads to a final IETF RFC for Brotli, then to the specification in that RFC.

Sent on July 25, 2014, 16:54 UTC.

Monotype Imaging Inc.'s Additional Licensing Information for the Web Fonts Working Group specification: WOFF File Format 2.0

Patent License Grant. Monotype hereby grants to All a worldwide, non-exclusive, no charge, royalty-free, irrevocable license under the Licensed Patents to make, use for any purpose, sell, and otherwise distribute and provide Licensed Products and Services, said license having a term until the last to expire of the Licensed Patents.

Code and Format License. Monotype hereby grants to All a perpetual, worldwide, nonexclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable license under its copyright rights to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense, distribute, and otherwise use in Licensed Products and Services the Licensed Software and the Licensed Format, said license having a term until expiration of the foregoing copyright rights.

For purposes of this Licensing Statement, the following definitions apply:

  1. “Licensed Patents” means United States Patent No. 6,031,622 as well as all patents and patent applications that on or after December 28, 2011 are owned by Monotype and would necessarily be infringed through the use of the Licensed Technology in making, using, or selling any Licensed Products and Services.
  2. “Licensed Products and Services” means all products (including but not limited to software products) and systems incorporating any part of or all of the Licensed Technology, and services utilizing any part of or all of the Licensed Technology.
  3. “Licensed Format” means the MicroType Express (MTX) Font Format in the form that it exists as of December 28, 2011 a copy of which can be found at http://www.w3.org/Submission/MTX/.
  4. “Licensed Software” means Monotype's code disclosed in its Member Submission to the W3C dated March 5, 2008, a copy of which can be found at http://www.w3.org/Submission/MTX/, but means solely that code.
  5. “Licensed Technology” means the Licensed Format and the Licensed Software.
  6. “All” and “Anyone” means any and all entities and individuals.

Sent on June 5, 2014, 13:30 UTC.

Nortel Networks's Additional Licensing Information for the W3C Voice Browser Working Group specification: Call Control XML, version 1.0 specification (CCXML 1.0)

Further to Abbie Barbir's discussion with Steve Bratt and our email to the PAG dated November 14, 2006, Nortel maintains the same voluntary statement for the CCXML 1.0 Last Call Working Draft (Jan 19/07), as follows:

  • Reference is made to Nortel Networks Patent Disclosure and Statement to the W3C Voice Browser Working Group regarding Call Control XML, version 1.0 specification (CCXML 1.0), at http://www.w3.org/2004/01/pp-impl/34665/375868/show-license#x1181. On our understanding, we have made that disclosure in accordance with W3C Patent Policy, but are not required to perform an essential patent analysis of the relationship between patents and a W3C specification proposed for Candidate Recommendation. However, to assist the W3C Voice Browser Patent Advisory Group (PAG) resolution, Nortel Networks makes this further voluntary statement, which is qualified based only on present belief of Nortel's patent attorney and not on expertise in CCXML or on expert opinion:
  • Nortel Networks has concluded that it believes Nortel U.S.Patent no. 6,701,366 does not contain claims that meet the definition of Essential Claims, as defined in the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004), with respect to the CCXML Version 1.0 Candidate Recommendation as specified in the W3C Last Call Working Draft, 19 Jan 2007 http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-ccxml-20070119/. This statement is not a representation or warranty of any kind.

In doing so, as before, this statement is made to the PAG and Voice Browser Working Group on the understandings that:

  1. Nortel and its participants in W3C Working Groups are not required or expected to make opinion disclosures of non-essentiality.
  2. As a participant in the Voice Browser Working Group, Nortel is not required (and should not be asked) to re-affirm such statement or opinion for subsequent versions of Recommendations or Candidate Recommendation Working Drafts the Voice Browser Working Group may develop. We we will not be making such further verifying statements.
  3. Nortel makes no express or implied representation or warranty of any kind to the PAG, the Voice Browser Working Group or CCXML implementers, including that U.S.Patent no. 6,701,366 will not be found essential or will not be infringed by implementations of CCXML Version 1.0 or subsequent versions of CCXML developed and adopted by the Voice Browser Working Group.
  4. This statement is limited to the present belief of Nortel's patent attorney and not on expertise in CCXML or on expert conclusive opinion or findings of the patent claims. With this statement, Nortel is not agreeing to license U.S.Patent no. 6,701,366 under W3C Royalty-free Patent Policy or agreeing that Nortel will not assert the patent against CCXML or Voice XML implementations. Nortel has made a patent disclosure statement to W3C Voice Browser Working Group that claims of U.S.Patent no. 6,701,366 may be relevant to CCXML, and that disclosure statement still stands. http://www.w3.org/2004/01/pp-impl/34665/375868/show-license#x1181
  5. In resolution of the PAG and in development of CCXML, the PAG and the Voice Browser Working Group are free to form their own opinion of essentiality in regard to the US patent no. 6,701,366 and proposed CCXML recommendations, or rely on expert opinions to do so.

We would also ask you post the contents of this email on the CCXML PAG public record and the Voice Browser Working Group Patent Disclosure website http://www.w3.org/2004/01/pp-impl/34665/status, so that it is publicly visible with Nortel's additional information.

Kind Regards,
Michelle Lee
Counsel, IP Law
Nortel Networks

[The following declaration triggered the 3rd Voice Browser PAG: ]

Patent Disclosure and Statement to W3C Voice Browser Working Group
Re: Call Control XML, version 1.0 specification

Nortel Networks makes this patent disclosure submission to the W3C Voice Browser Working Group. In making this statement, Nortel Networks does not acknowledge that it or its representatives in W3C have conducted a complete or comprehensive legal search of its patent portfolio.

This is to inform the W3C Voice Browser Working Group that Chris Passaretti has become personally aware that Nortel Networks owns an issued patent that may have certain relevant claims and may be essential to the proposed draft Call Control XML Version 1.0 specification under development. That patent is U.S. patent no. 6,701,366 entitled "Providing Communication Services".

Further, this submission is made to the Voice Browser Working Group, and the W3C generally, with the understanding that Nortel Networks is not prepared to be make available any Essential Claims of such patent under the Royalty-Free licensing requirements of the W3C Patent Policy now adopted by the Voice Browser Working Group. However, to the extent the above patent contains Essential Claims to the approved Voice Browser Call Control XML specification, Nortel Networks will make available a license under such Essential Claims on a non-discriminatory basis and upon reciprocal, reasonable terms and conditions (RAND), including royalties and/or other fees, for the practice of and compliance with the resulting Call Control XML standard recommendation.

In addition, this letter does not grant any right to W3C or the W3C Voice Browser Working Group with respect to the company's copyrights or other intellectual property rights that cover the proposed standard, other than provided above. All license negotiations will be held with the parties concerned, outside the standards body.

Please direct all such licensing matters to the attention of:

Richard Weiss
Nortel Networks
2221 Lakeside Boulevard, M/S 991/14/B20
Richardson, Texas 75082 USA
weissr@nortel.com
Advisory Committee Representative:
Abbie Barbir
abbieb@nortel.com

Sent on March 2, 2007, 01:24 UTC.