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RSA Data Security, Inc. To Exclusively License Rights to RSA
Here's the latest press release from my employer. As was pointed
out earlier, for those who did not already know, Business Wire articles
are written by companies and distributed to news agencies by BW for a fee.
RSA Data Security, Inc. To Exclusively License Rights to RSA Public Key
Encryption and Digital Signature Standard (DSS) Technologies; Company Becomes
One-Stop Worldwide Source for Encryption Technology
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 1995--RSA Data Security, Inc.
today announced that it is now licensing patents for the Digital Signature
Standard (DSS), the U.S. government standard for digital signatures.
RSA also announced that it has renewed its exclusive licensing agreement for the
industry-standard Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA) public key cryptosystem developed
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With the addition of DSS
technology to its portfolio of encryption offerings, RSA Data Security has
become the exclusive source for the industry's most widely accepted security
RSA also announced that under its uniform, non-discriminatory licensing plan,
manufacturers will pay a one-time royalty when they sell products containing RSA
and/or DSS technology. No additional per-certificate or use charges are
`For the first time, the patents covering the most popular encryption and
digital signature methods in the world, RSA and DSS, are easily available on a
non-discriminatory basis from a single vendor,` said Jim Bidzos, president of
RSA. `By offering one-stop shopping for both systems, our customers can
seamlessly integrate both RSA encryption and DSS digital signature methods into
Many of RSA's software licensees -- such as Adobe, Aquila, Atalla, National
Semiconductor, Spyrus, Premenos, Spyglass, Terisa Systems, Frontier
Technologies, BroadVision, Checkpoint Software, Raptor Systems, SafeCo
Insurance, Wollongong, Square D, Interval Systems, and Comm-Press -- have
already requested patent licenses to both the RSA and DSS techniques for use in
software and hardware systems. IBM and Siemens currently offer DSS-based
products, licensed under RSA's DSS patent, to the U.S. government.
`Now that vendors can obtain DSS and RSA patents from one source, we expect to
see companies throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan incorporate RSA and DSS
technology into dozens of products, including access control systems, network
management systems, smart cards, link encryptors, and wireless encryption
devices,` said Bidzos.
`The demand for these technologies is very strong and will continue to grow as
vendors increasingly incorporate security features into their products. In the
next several months we expect to be inundated with requests from licensees. This
is great news for the security industry, which has waited patiently for easy
availability of the RSA and DSS patents.`
A digital signature on an electronic document is an encrypted form of data
equivalent to a signature on a printed document, such as a contract or other
commercial agreement. It verifies that the document is valid and unaltered, and
that the person signing the document has agreed to its terms.
Furthermore, secure digital signatures cannot be repudiated. The signer of a
document cannot disown it by claiming it was forged. Both DSS and RSA support
digital signatures and certificates. Several states, including California and
Utah have recently enacted legislation recognizing digital signatures as legally
Uniform licenses to both the RSA and DSS/Schnorr patents are available
immediately. The license text, as well as other information regarding these
patents, is available on RSA Data Security's home page at http://www.rsa.com.
For existing customers of RSA's BSAFE and TIPEM software toolkits, no separate
patent licenses are required. All rights under the patents to use, integrate and
copy RSA's software are embedded.
RSA Data Security, Inc.
RSA Data Security, Inc. is the world's brand name for cryptography, with more
than 15 million copies of RSA encryption and authentication technologies
installed and in use worldwide. RSA technologies are part of existing and
proposed standards for the Internet and World Wide Web, CCITT, ISO, ANSI, IEEE,
and business, financial and electronic commerce networks around the globe.
The company develops and markets platform-independent developers kits and
end-user products and provides comprehensive cryptographic consulting services.
Founded in 1982 by the inventors of the RSA Public Key Cryptosystem, the company
is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif. -0-
Note to Editors: RSA Public Key Cryptosystem, BSAFE and TIPEM are trademarks of
RSA Data Security, Inc. All other product or company names are trademarks of
their respective corporations.
For information regarding licensing RSA or DSS patents, contact Paul Livesay at
RSA Data Security, Inc. (415) 595-8782, or polrsa.com.
For information regarding licensing RSA or DSS toolkits, contact Paul Gordon at
RSA Data Security, Inc. (415) 595-8782, or paulrsa.com.
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