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International DOI Foundation adopts policy on patents to foster wide distribution and use of DOIs
The International DOI Foundation has adopted a Patent Policy covering the rights and obligations of DOI Registration Agencies, following completion of its Strategic Review and approval at the 2005 members' meeting. This policy is now binding on all current and future IDF Registration Agencies.
The Patent Policy, and accompanying DOI Core Specification, was approved by the Board of the International DOI Foundation as a formalization of past policies and practices. The DOI Core Specification, which is also at the heart of the proposed ISO TC46 SC9 specification, represents the current state of the DOI System and completion of the first phase of developments. The Patent Policy aims for a balance between an open, core system (the system developed collectively) and value-added services created by RAs.
The Core specification arises out of consolidation matters discussed in the development of the DOI Handbook and progress consistent with IDF's original aim; and is consistent with the process of ISO standardization (including the NISO DOI Syntax standard and ISO TC46SC9 system standardization) in establishing IDF as an open standard and system. Further it is consistent with the principles adopted from IDF's earliest days (e.g., the IDF White Paper "The Digital Object Identifier initiative: current position and view forward", August 1998) to:
Specific goals of the patent policy are:
Key Concepts in the policy are:
The IDF believes this offers the best way forward in encouraging the widest possible distribution and use of DOIs and the DOI System, ensuring both that the DOI remains an open standard and system available to all who wish to adopt it and that a core common infrastructure is maintained.
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