Internet standards body rejects Sender ID proposal

Tuesday, 14 September 2004, 4:22 PM EST

The Internet Engineering Task Force has rejected Microsoft's Sender ID proposal due to the company's refusal to reveal details of a possible patent application on its proposed technology.

The IETF is an open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the internet architecture and the smooth operation of the net.

The IETF's MTA Authorisation Records in DNS (MARID) working group said, in part: "On the issue of ignoring patent claims, the working group has at least rough consensus that the patent claims should not be ignored. Additionally, there is at least rough consensus that the participants of the working group cannot accurately describe the specific claims of the patent application.

By Sam Varghese at The Age.

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