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[10GBT] Patent policy

Title: Patent policy


It has come to my attention that there are some IP filings and ligitation that may be related to 10GBASE-T.  I would like to take this time to remind everyone of the IEEE Patent Policy which can be found at the following URL (and is copied below):
Letters of assurance early in the development of IEEE P802.3an will help the effort stay on track.  Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.


Brad Booth
Chair, IEEE P802.3an Task Force

6. Patents
IEEE standards may include the known use of essential patents and patent applications provided the IEEE receives assurance from the patent holder or applicant with respect to patents whose infringement is, or in the case of patent applications, potential future infringement the applicant asserts will be, unavoidable in a compliant implementation of either mandatory or optional portions of the standard [essential patents]. This assurance shall be provided without coercion and prior to approval of the standard (or reaffirmation when a patent or patent application becomes known after initial approval of the standard). This assurance shall be a letter that is in the form of either:



This assurance shall apply, at a minimum, from the date of the standard's approval to the date of the standard's withdrawal and is irrevocable during that period.