[ipv6hackers] SEND implementation Patent

Fernando Gont fgont at si6networks.com
Mon Mar 12 22:27:19 CET 2012

On 03/10/2012 07:09 AM, Ahmad Sadeh wrote:
> SEcure Neighbor Discovery (SEND) is a Standards Track which is
> defined in RFC 3971. It is a subject to patent US 2008/0307516 A1 ( 
> http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2008/0307516.html )
> My question is how RFCs implementations become Patents while it is
> open for all? What are the consequences of having patents for network
> protocols?

Probably the best way to think about IETF specs (in general) nowadays is
to consider them as "open" in the same sense the word open is used for
"open source" (which does not necessarily mean "free" as in freedom).

Fernando Gont
SI6 Networks
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