"The presence of patented components within a protocol is extremely undesirable. The purpose of a protocol is to define an agreed-upon expected behavior, thus providing common ground for cooperation within an industry. The presence of patents within a protocol places restrictions on its implementation and usage, and therefore serves to undermine this purpose. The Free Protocols Foundation (FPF) is an independent public forum, dedicated to the support of patent-free protocols. We do this by means of the following major activities: * By providing an independent, external forum in which an Author may make an initial declaration that a protocol is intended to be patent-free."