Issues relating to IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) have burst into public consciousness over the past 12 months or so, and have attracted considerable attention both among developers and among the specialized press. As always happens in these cases, misinformation competes with information with equal fierceness. In order to reduce the amount of current misinformation, this talk will: examine the usual alphabet soup (IPR, RAND, RF, RAND-Z); compare the various available alternatives; comment on the known status of this matter in a variety of SDOs (W3C, OASIS, IETF, GIS, etc.); illuminate some particular cases of extreme interest (Unisys, Rambus, etc.), and try to penetrate the fog that is brought upon this subject, sometimes through ignorance, sometimes through FUD.
Keywords: Intellectual Property