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RE: [802SEC] seeking advice regarding compliance claim


During the time 802.11 was in transient situations, I sent the letter to our
staff liaison with the request to respond and she sent them a letter with
the warning that they can not claim conformance to a non-existing object.
(you need to provide the contact information if it is not in the PR)

The result was that all press releases after that were skillfully going
around the issue.

It looks like this one took care of the issue by claiming "emerging"


Vic Hayes
Agere Systems Nederland B.V., formerly Lucent Technologies 
Zadelstede 1-10
3431 JZ  Nieuwegein, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 30 609 7528 (Time Zone UTC + 2)
FAX: +31 30 609 7498

-----Original Message-----
From: Roger B. Marks []
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 7:49 AM
Subject: [802SEC] seeking advice regarding compliance claim

I would like some advice from the SEC sages.

I have received a complaint about a corporate press release which 
claims that a product "functionally complies with the emerging IEEE 
802.16 standard for broadband wireless access."

I am seeking advice on one specific issue: claims of compliance to a 
"standard" that has not been approved. If possible, I would prefer 
that this topic be divorced from the issue of claiming compliance to 
an IEEE standard, because that is a messy issue.

Questions on which I am seeking counsel:

*Should I care?

*Should I do anything it? If so, what?

*Is there any relevant IEEE-SA policy on the issue?