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Re: IPv6 Security Last Call Initial Questions

> Date: Wed, 29 Mar 95 17:26:28 -0500
> From: bound@zk3.dec.com
> I can't speak for my folks but I need to ask first.  If I have a patent
> for security other than cryptography would we have to let IBM use that?
> Or does this only apply to patents we may have for the specific
> function for ESP?

If "my folks" and "we" is DEC, that still begs the meta-issue.
While neither are technical issues, patents seem to be a greater
huldle to adoption than exportability.  If I (in the generic sense)
can't export it, I can still tell you about someplace where you can
import it and we're interoperating.  Patents often involves paying
some money to someone.  Regardless of how nominal that fee is, it
still acts as a barrier to someone implementing off open standards.

						-- Frank S