The Internet Society, on behalf of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC), announces this Request for Proposals for legal services.
The successful bidder will enter into a contract with the Internet Society.
The legal services provider (Provider) will provide advice to the IETF Engineering Steering Group, IAOC, Internet Architecture Board, Internet
Research Task Force, RFC Series Editor, Independent Submissions Editor, and the IETF Trust as requested, and will report to the IETF Administrative
The IAOC desires a long-term relationship commencing on 1 May 2011 of up to four (4) years with a successful Provider. Accordingly, it is looking
to structure a four (4) year term with contract review points at the one-year and three-year marks to evaluate the success of the service provider. The
contract may be extended twice of one year duration each for a possible contract term of six (6).
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a community of volunteers interested in contributing to the long-term vitality of the Internet. The
Internet Society is the organizational home of the IETF and is itself a non-profit organization. Pro bono bids are welcomed, however, where that is not
possible a fixed price would be desirable. It is understood that for certain services additional costs may apply.
Traditionally, the legal services that IETF has required have included the following:
a) Advice regarding the conduct of standard-setting activities, particularly antitrust and intellectual property implications of IETF policies and activities
b) Development, drafting and interpretation of IETF policies relating to intellectual property, namely copyright and patent policies
c) Advice regarding the acquisition and licensing of intellectual property held by the IETF Trust
d) Maintenance and oversight of IETF’s global trademark portfolio
e) Advice with drafting and negotiation of contracts with vendors and service providers
f) Response to third party subpoenas served on IETF by litigants in cases, typically patent infringement suits, in which IETF standards or activities are implicated
g) Governance and procedural issues relating to the IETF Trust and IETF in general
h) Analysis and advice relating to relationships with other standards development organizations, governmental entities, and the like
i) Training sessions for the IETF Trust, as well as the IETF and WG leadership on the above topics
The RFP can be found at: http://iaoc.ietf.org/rfpsrfis.html
Proposals must be received via email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 21, 2011 5:00 P.M. EST. All questions/inquiries must be submitted in writing
and must be received no later than midnight, EST, March 1, 2011. Responses to questions and inquiries shall be posted online at: http://iaoc.ietf.org/rfpsrfis.html
by midnight, EST, March 7, 2011.
The point of contact regarding this RFP is the IETF Administrative Director, Ray Pelletier.
IETF Administrative Director