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IPR Policy

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy

The CA/Browser Forum’s IPR Policy governs Contributions by members of the Forum during the drafting and adoption process of Normative Requirements by the Forum.    A Contribution is any material “made verbally or in a tangible form of expression (including in electronic media) which is provided by a Participant in the process of developing a Draft Guideline for the purpose of incorporating such material into a Draft Guideline or a Final Guideline or Final Maintenance Guideline.”  The term “Draft Guideline” includes ballots that are being considered for adoption by the Forum as either a “Final Guideline” or a “Final Maintenance Guideline”.

When a ballot to amend an existing Final Guideline is adopted by the Forum,  that amendment is considered a Final Maintenance Guideline, and each of the above guideline documents, as amended, is then considered a “Final Guideline” of the CA/Browser Forum.

Each of the following documents is considered a “Final Guideline”:

EV SSL Certificate Guidelines

Baseline Requirements

Network and Certificate System Security Requirements



CABF-IPR-Policy-v.1.2 (effective as of 15 February 2016)

Intellectual Property Rights Agreement-1.2-PKI-enabled


IPR Review Notices

IPR Exclusion Notices


Prior IPR_Policy_V1  (effective from 1-Aug-2012 to 14-Feb-2016)