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Adobe Systems Incorporated's Statement about IPR claimed in draft-zilles-pdf

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Submitted Date: March 1, 2004

I. Patent Holder/Applicant ("Patent Holder")
Legal Name: Adobe Systems
II. Patent Holder's Contact for License Application
Name: Larry Masinter
Title:
Department:
Address1:
Address2:
Telephone:
Fax:
Email: masinter@adobe.com
III. IETF Document or Other Contribution to Which this IPR Disclosure Relates:
Internet-Draft:"The application/pdf Media Type"
(draft-zilles-pdf)

The text of the original IPR declaration:

Title: Adobe Systems Incorporated's Statement about IPR claimed in draft-zilles-pdf
Received: 1 March, 2004
From: Larry Masinter 

(To meet RFC 3667 disclosure rules for draft-zilles-pdf):

==============================================================
Adobe Systems Incorporated makes intellectual property claims and
grants rights, related to PDF, in the PDF Reference, Fourth
Edition[1] as amended by errata[2]. In turn, that text
makes reference to the Adobe Patent Clarification Notice[3].

The claims and grants of [1] as amended by [2] (with references
to 'this book' appropriately modified), are reproduced in Part 1
below. The section of [3] related to PDF is reproduced in Part 2
below.

References:

[1] Adobe Systems Incorporated, "PDF Reference, Fourth Edition",
            Version 1.5, August 2003.
  http://partners.adobe.com/asn/tech/pdf/specifications.jsp

[2] Adobe Systems Incorporated, "Errata for PDF Reference, Fourth
            Edition", December 2003.
  http://partners.adobe.com/asn/acrobat/sdk/public/docs/errata.txt

[3] Adobe Systems Incorporated, "Adobe Patent Clarification Notice".
  http://partners.adobe.com/asn/developer/legalnotices.jsp


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Part 1 (adapted from [1] as modified by [2]):

      The general idea of using an interchange format for electronic
      documents is in the public domain. Anyone is free to devise a set
      of unique data structures and operators that define an interchange
      format for electronic documents. However, Adobe Systems
      Incorporated owns the copyright for the particular data structures
      and operators and the written specification constituting the
      interchange format called the Portable Document Format. Thus, these
      elements of the Portable Document Format may not be copied without
      Adobe's permission.

      Adobe will enforce its copyright. Adobe's intention is to maintain
      the integrity of the Portable Document Format standard. This
      enables the public to distinguish between the Portable Document
      Format and other interchange formats for electronic documents.
      However, Adobe desires to promote the use of the Portable Document
      Format for information interchange among diverse products and
      applications. Accordingly, Adobe gives anyone copyright permission,
      subject to the conditions stated below, to:

      * Prepare files whose content conforms to the Portable Document
            Format

      * Write drivers and applications that produce output represented in
            the Portable Document Format

      * Write software that accepts input in the form of the Portable
            Document Format and displays, prints, or otherwise interprets
            the contents

      * Copy Adobe's copyrighted list of data structures and operators,
            as well as the example code and PostScript language function
            definitions in the written specification, to the extent
            necessary to use the Portable Document Format for the purposes
            above.

      The conditions of such copyright permission are:

      * Authors of software that accepts input in the form of the
            Portable Document Format must make reasonable efforts to ensure
            that the software they create respects the access permissions
            and permissions controls listed in Table 3.20 of the PDF
            Reference[1], to the extent that they are used in any particular
            document. These access permissions express the rights that the
            document's author has granted to users of the document. It is
            the responsibility of Portable Document Format consuming
            software to respect the author's intent.

      * Anyone who uses the copyrighted list of data structures and
            operators, as stated above, must include an appropriate
            copyright notice.

      This limited right to use the copyrighted list of data structures
      and operators does not include the right to copy the PDF Reference,
      other copyrighted material from Adobe, or the software in any of
      Adobe's products that use the Portable Document Format, in whole or
      in part, nor does it include the right to use any Adobe patents,
      except as may be permitted by an official Adobe Patent
      Clarification Notice [3].

      Acrobat, Acrobat Capture, Adobe Reader, ePaper, the "Get Adobe
      Reader" Web logo, the "Adobe PDF" Web logo, and all other
      trademarks, service marks, and logos used by Adobe (the "Marks")
      are the registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems
      Incorporated in the United States and other countries. Nothing in
      the PDF Reference is intended to grant you any right or license to
      use the Marks for any purpose.


===================================================
Part 2: Patent Clarification Notice: Reading and Writing PDF Files
(exact quote of [3])

      Adobe has a number of patents covering technology that is disclosed
      in the Portable Document Format (PDF) Specification, version 1.3
      and later, as documented in PDF Reference and associated Technical
      Notes (the "Specification"). Adobe desires to promote the use of PDF
      for information interchange among diverse products and
      applications.

      Accordingly, the following patents are licensed on a royalty-free,
      non-exclusive basis for the term of each patent and for the sole
      purpose of developing software that produces, consumes, and
      interprets PDF files that are compliant with the Specification:

      U.S. Patent Numbers:

        * 5,634,064
        * 5,737,599
        * 5,781,785
        * 5,819,301
        * 6,028,583
        * 6,289,364
        * 6,421,460

      In addition, the following patent is licensed on a royalty-free,
      non-exclusive basis for its term and for the sole purpose of
      developing software that produces PDF files that are compliant with
      the Specification (specifically excluding, however, software that
      consumes and/or interprets PDF files):
      
      U.S. Patent Numbers: 

      * 5,860,074