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Eduardo Gutentag

Eduardo Gutentag

Independent Consultant
Former Standards Director, Sun and Oracle
Oakland, CA, USA

Eduardo Gutentag worked for Sun Microsystems from 1988 until Sun was acquired by Oracle in 2010, and worked for Oracle since then until early 2012.

Unlike some who work in IPR and policy issues surrounding standards development, he has actually worked, hands on, in the development of standards in a variety of organizations.

The following stand out among his accomplishments:
  • He coordinated Sun's participation in the first WWW Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1994, contributed to the establishment of W3C and participated in the development of HTML2 in the IETF.
  • He actively represented Sun in two of the IT industry's most influential standards developing organizations, W3C and OASIS, culminating in being elected by their membership many times to the W3C Advisory Board and to the OASIS Board of Directors (which he chaired from 2005 to 2009).
  • He was instrumental in bringing the OpenOffice format (ODF) for standardization at OASIS, and was instrumental in creating Sun's non-assertion covenant for, the first such at OASIS, which was later on copied by other companies but with severe limitations.
  • He participated in the creation of OASIS's standardization process directives, and was instrumental in the creation of its current IPR policy.
  • He participated in the creation of the W3C's IPR policy, and later participated in the IPR-related interest group in that organization, as perhaps the only participant who was not a lawyer.
  • He helped UN/CEFACT establish its current IPR policy (non-assertion), helped explain it to its members, and has been a special advisor to its Bureau since 2009.

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