[arin-announce] Call for Public Comments on IANA IPR Agreements

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Mon Aug 15 12:04:11 EDT 2016

This message is sent on behalf of the Number Resource Organization (NRO):

A call for public comments on the IANA IPR is now open at
The associated documents may also be found at

This call for public comment seeks community input on three agreements
concerning intellectual property rights (IPR) related to the IANA
stewardship transition:

– IANA IPR Assignment Agreement
– IANA IPR License Agreement
– IANA IPR Community Agreement

Comments are due by the deadline of September 12, 2016 at 23:59 UTC.
Comments should be submitted via email to IANAIPRpubliccomment at ianacg.org.

Commenters should clearly reference
to which of the agreement(s) their comments apply.

The ICG web site is being used as a neutral site to host this call for
public comment, but the agreements are not a product of the ICG.


The Proposal to Transition the Stewardship of the Internet Assigned
Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions from the U.S. Commerce Department’s
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the
Global Multistakeholder Community,
includes a requirement for certain IPR associated with IANA to be
transferred from ICANN to an entity independent of the IANA functions
operator. The IPR consists of trademarks and domain names.

After discussion within the operational communities and the IETF Trust,
the IETF Trust indicated that it would be willing to hold the IANA IPR.
The IETF Trust, http://trustee.ietf.org/, is a Virginia common law trust
created in 2005. Among other things, the IETF Trust was created for the
purpose of acquiring, holding, maintaining and licensing certain
intellectual property for the advancement of the science and technology
associated with the Internet and related technology. The IETF Trust
agreed to hold the IANA IPR in the service of the affected Internet
operational communities.

Representatives from the names community, the numbers community, the
protocol parameters community, the IETF Trust, and ICANN have drafted a
set of agreements to effectuate the transfer of the IANA IPR from ICANN
to the IETF Trust and to govern the relationships amongst the parties
with respect to the IPR after the transfer. These agreements are:

(1) IANA IPR Assignment Agreement. This agreement transfers the IPR from
ICANN to the IETF Trust.

(2) IANA IPR License Agreement. This agreement allows for the IANA
functions operator to use the IPR. The document available for public
comment is a basic form that will be used to generate three license
agreements, one each for the names, numbers, and protocol parameters
IANA services. Items highlighted in yellow will vary by agreement and
will be completed once the License Agreement is split into three. In
each case the licensee is ICANN, with the ability established for ICANN
to sublicense to PTI.

(3) IANA IPR Community Agreement. This agreement explains the rights and
obligations of the IETF Trust and each operational community as regards
the IPR.

The IETF Trust, the operational communities, and ICANN hereby solicit
feedback as to whether the draft agreements address the needs of the
affected communities.

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