Re: [CFRG] OCB patents are abandoned; freely usable

Benjamin Beurdouche <benjamin.beurdouche@inria.fr> Sat, 27 February 2021 07:47 UTC

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Hi Phil,

Thanks a lot for this message... :)

Best,
Benjamin 

> On Feb 27, 2021, at 3:48 AM, Phillip Rogaway <rogaway@cs.ucdavis.edu> wrote:
> 
> I can confirm that I have abandoned all OCB patents
> and placed into the public domain all OCB-related IP of mine.
> While I have been telling people this for quite some time, I don't
> think I ever made a proper announcement to the CFRG or on the
> OCB webpage. Consider that done.
> 
> I hope people will use the scheme to do positive things.
> 
> phil
> 
> 
>> On Fri, Feb 26, 2021, at 12:00 PM, cfrg-request@irtf.org wrote:
>> Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2021 16:30:33 +0000
>> From: "Salz, Rich" <rsalz@akamai.com>
>> To: "cfrg@ietf.org" <cfrg@ietf.org>
>> Subject: [CFRG] OCB patents are abandoned; freely usable
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>> Quoting from a posting to the cryptography mailing list, 
>> https://www.metzdowd.com/pipermail/cryptography/2021-February/036762.html :
>> 
>> ?On 2/16/21, 9:19 PM, "Jon Callas" <jon@callas.org> wrote:
>> 
>> . . .
>> 
>>    The deal, which is publicly verifiable from the PTO, is that he 
>> stopped paying the PTO upkeep fee, and so the patents are all now 
>> abandoned. I wrote him because I went to the PTO to check on expiry 
>> dates and saw that and thought "huh?" about it. He verified that it was 
>> intentional as a way to put the matter to bed without license games.
>> 
>> . . .
> 
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