Subpoenas

Most types of IETF documents are publically available from the IETF web site. Including RFCs, Internet Drafts, mailing list archives, intellectual property rights disclosures, working group activity, and Meeting Proceedings.

If obtaining IETF documents from the public IETF web pages is not sufficient then parties engaged in litigation relating to technologies that use or incorporate IETF standards may wish to obtain information directly from the IETF, in the form of documents, responses to questions or other tangible items. This is likely to occur when the litigant believes that some activity that occurred within the IETF process [RFC2026], or some intellectual property relating to an IETF standard [RFC3978] [RFC4748] [RFC3979], is directly related to the case in question. The term "documents" is often defined broadly by subpoenas and can include both electronic and hard copy sources, such as working group session attendance lists ("Blue Sheets"), minutes, Internet Drafts, RFCs, and emails.

To obtain such information, the litigant may serve a subpoena on the IETF seeking the information. Subpoena serving and response procedures are discussed at Subpoena Procedures.

The IAOC has adopted a Fees Policy for Legal Requests that imposes standard fees to produce information and authenticate documents in response to subpoenas and other legal requests. More information and a schedule of fees can be found here: Fees Policy for Legal Requests 6 September, 2012.


Subpoenas and Legal Requests Received

2014

Month Subpoena Title Response

August

 

Straight Path IP Group v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 2nd Request  
July Straight Path IP Group v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

RFC Editor Response 2014-08-07

June Samsung inter partes review of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,953,390 and 8,359,007

RFC Editor Response 2014-06-10
Exhibit A

April Datascape, Inc v. Sprint Spectrum LP and Sprint Solutions Inc

RFC Editor Response 2014-05-06
RFC Editor Response 2014-04-06

February Smartphone vs Huawei Nov 2013 Followup RFC Editor Response 2014-02-21
January Prism Technologies vs T-Mobile USA, Inc. RFC Editor Response 2014-02-06
January Brixham Solutions v. Juniper Networks IETF Response
RFC Editor Response 2014-02-06

2013

Month Subpoena Title Response
December LG Electronics Request IETF Response 2013-12-19
November Smartphone Technologies vs Huawei Device IETF Response with exhibits 2013-11-12


2012

Month Subpoena Title Response
December Apple and International Trade Commission Subpoena RFC Editor Response
December HTC and International Trade Commission Subpoena RFC Editor Response
Related Documents
October Alberta Telecommunications Research Center v. AT&T IETF Response
October inNOVA Patent Licensing LLC v. Alcatel-Lucent Holdings  
October BT v. CoxCom and Cable One (1) (2) IETF Response
May Summit Data Systems vs EMC IETF Response
March VirnetX v. Cisco Systems, et al from VirnetX  
March VirnetX v. Cisco Systems, et al from Siemens