OASIS Extensible Resource Identifier (XRI) TC
In late 2004, XNS Public Trust Organization (XNSORG) officially changed its name to XDI.ORG (www.xdi.org), while OneName Corporation commenced doing business as Cordance (www.cordance.net), so the links and references to these two entities should be corrected to avoid confusion.
The intellectual property rights agreement licensing XDI.ORG to develop open standards with OneName's patented technology is now found at www.xdi.org/docref/legal/xdi-org-ipr-agreement-v2-2004-09-13.html. This version of the IPR agreement updated the names of the parties and some of the technical terminology, but it did not otherwise materially change the IPR agreement as it existed at the time the OASIS XRI TC was established. Thus, apart from the name and address changes, the statement submitted by XNSORG to OASIS on November 27, 2002 still accurately describes the parties' relevant intellectual property rights.
Bill H Washburn, PhD
President and Chairman of XDI.ORG
Statement from the board of directors of XNS.org, regarding the intended contribution of technical work to the new TC: (part of the proposal to form a new TC at OASIS)
November 27, 2002
Board of Directors, Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)
The XNS Public Trust Organization (XNSORG) recently submitted a charter proposing an OASIS Technical Committee on Extensible Name Service (XNS). In subsequent discussions with OASIS Technical Director Karl Best, several questions were raised regarding the TC charter, work product, and related intellectual property rights (IPR).
With this letter, XNSORG and the sponsors of the TC formally submit a revised TC charter to OASIS, attached, and the board of directors of XNSORG provides to OASIS the following IPR statements regarding this TC charter and work product:
TC Name and Trademark Rights
In this revised charter, the name of the TC is the Extensible Resource Identifier (XRI) Technical Committee. This name was chosen to be generic and XNSORG does not now or in the future intend to assert trademark or other intellectual property rights related to the name "Extensible Resource Identifier" or the abbreviation "XRI". Furthermore XNSORG does not expect or require the term "XNS" to be used in conjunction with the TC or its work product, as this term is currently a trademark of XNSORG.
Specifications to be Contributed
At the first meeting of the TC, XNSORG intends to contribute the then-current version of the XNS Technical Specifications available from the XNSORG website at www.xns.org. It is our express intent to contribute these specifications to OASIS under the terms of the OASIS IPR Policy as stated at http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.shtml.
XNSORG contributes this work only with the expectation that OASIS will further develop the specifications and XNSORG grants OASIS permission to create derivative works from the specifications. This includes the ability for OASIS to distribute the TCs work product under its own copyright, with attribution for any portions that were originally contributed by XNSORG.
At the time it becomes relevant to the work of the TC, it is also the intent of XNSORG to contribute the then-current version of the XNS Technical Certification Specifications. Note that these specifications are strictly for use in compliance testing and certification by independent certification authorities and XNSORG does not intend or expect OASIS to become a certification authority nor will it be under any obligation whatsoever related to compliance or certification activities.
Relevant Intellectual Property Rights
To the best of our knowledge, the only intellectual property rights necessary to practice the XNS Technical Specifications or XNS Technical Certification Specifications are those conveyed in the attached XNS License under Definition 22, "Patent Rights". All such rights are currently under the exclusive authority of XNSORG as per the IPR Agreement between OneName and XNSORG available on the XNSORG website at http://www.xns.org/pages/licenses-and-agreements.html.
The board of directors and counsel of XNSORG believe that the terms of the XNS License fully comply with the terms of the OASIS IPR Policy, specifically section OASIS.IPR.3.2.C. Note that section 8 of the XNS License, Sublicensing, has been revised in v1.1 to permit sublicensing under the same terms as the original license.
Relationship of XNSORG to OASIS
XNSORG is currently a member of OASIS. Subsequent to the contribution of the specification, XNSORG will participate as an equal member of the TC with other OASIS members and expects no special rights or privileges. XNSORG will continue as an independent non-profit organization to perform its other chartered functions to promote and advance technology and infrastructure based on the specifications. In this endeavor, XNSORG will be a consumer of the work product of the TC.
In conclusion, since XNSORG is required by the XNS IPR Agreement to manage XNS as an Open Standard as defined in Definition 18 of the XNS License, it is the sincere hope of XNSORG that this contribution complies with both the letter and the spirit of the OASIS IPR Policy. Should there be any additional questions, please contact the undersigned and we will work to answer them as quickly as possible.
XNSORG looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship with OASIS in our mutual work to advance standards for intelligent information interchange.
/s/ Bill Washburn, XNSORG President and Managing Director
/s/ W. Scott Blackmer, XNSORG General Counsel
/s/ Adam Engst, XNSORG Chairman
/s/ Drummond Reed, XNSORG Board of Directors
/s/ Dave Wentker, XNSORG Advisory Board