1.2.11 Unicode patent policy
- Inclusion of Patents in Unicode Publications
There is no objection in principle to drafting a proposed
Standard  in terms that include the use
of a patented item, if it is considered that technical reasons
justify this approach.
If the Unicode Consortium receives a notice that a proposed
Standard may require the use of a patented invention, the
procedures in 126.96.36.199 through 188.8.131.52
shall be followed.
184.108.40.206 Statement from patent holder
Prior to approval of such a proposed Standard, the
Consortium shall receive from the identified party or patent
holder (in a form approved by the Consortium) either:
assurance in the form of a general disclaimer to the effect
that such party does not hold and does not currently intend
holding any invention the use of which would be required for
compliance with the proposed Standard or assurance that:
- a license will be made available without compensation to
the applicants desiring to utilize the license for the
purpose of implementing the standard; or
- a license will be made available to applicants under
reasonable terms and conditions that are demonstrably free
of any unfair discrimination.
220.127.116.11 Record of statement
A record of the patent holder’s statement shall be placed
and retained in the files of the Consortium.
When the Consortium receives from a patent holder the
assurance set forth in 18.104.22.168 a) or b), the Standard shall
include a note as follows:
NOTE – The user’s attention is called to the
possibility that compliance with this document may require
use of an invention covered by patent rights.
By publication of this document, no position is taken
with respect to the validity of this claim or of any patent
rights in connection therewith. The patent holder has,
however, filed a statement of willingness to grant a license
under these rights on reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms
and conditions to applicants desiring to obtain such a
license. Details may be obtained from the Unicode
22.214.171.124 Responsibility for
The Consortium shall not be responsible for identifying all
patents for which a license may be required by a Standard or
for conducting inquiries into the legal validity or scope of
those patents that are brought to its attention.
"Standard" in this context refers to to a
version of a Unicode Technical Report, or a version of
the Unicode Standard itself (including Unicode Technical