Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
These pages provide a mechanism for filing Disclosures about intellectual property rights (IPR) and for finding out what IPR Disclosures have been filed. The IETF intellectual property rights rules are defined in RFC 3979, "Intellectual Property Rights in IETF Technology" (updated by RFC4879, "Clarification of the Third Party Disclosure Procedure in RFC 3979"). The procedures for how the IETF handles subpoenas can be found at http://iaoc.ietf.org/subpoenas.html.
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