SNOMED CT®

     “ Licensing ”

Questions and Answers
     14 December 2007

      Ted Christiansen
Just to recap…
     The International Environment
   NHS                          Australia
 (Read Codes)                 ...
Members
                                        National Release
 Extensions           Derivatives
                       ...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING

SNOMED CT® Content:
The terminological content of SNOMED CT®, consisting of concep...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING
Extension:
SNOMED CT® Content that is supplementary to, and dependent upon,
other S...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING

Specifications and Standards:

A Specification is a specification issued by the IH...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING
Licensees
- Members:
Members are not strictly ‘licensees’, but have the rights in r...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING

The International Release,
consisting of the Core, the IHTSDO’s Specifications and...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING

Ownership of Extensions and Derivatives
Members
Members own the intellectual prope...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING

Affiliates
Under the Affiliate Licence Terms (which cover Third Party
Extensions a...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING

Affiliates, contd
Under a Member’s licence for the Member’s National Release (whic...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING

Affiliates, contd
   - If the Member provides that the Affiliate owns those intell...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING

Obligations:
New Zealand (MoH):
- One member, UN, Endorsed, abide by the Articles
...
IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING

IP recognition: the following notice goes on all media on
which the National Relea...
Web references
Ministry of Health (NZHIS - NZ Health Information Service):
http://www.nzhis.govt.nz/moh.nsf

Contact email...
SNOMED CT - Licensing Questions and Answers
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  1. 1. SNOMED CT® “ Licensing ” Questions and Answers 14 December 2007 Ted Christiansen
  2. 2. Just to recap… The International Environment NHS Australia (Read Codes) Canada Denmark Lithuania IHTSDO New Zealand Sweden The Netherlands UK CAP USA (SNOMED 3.5) SNOMED CT®
  3. 3. Members National Release Extensions Derivatives Works licensed by Member (forming part of a Member’s Other Documents and Software National Release) Specifications Derivatives International Release Other Documents and Software (Licensed by IHTSDO) CORE
  4. 4. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING SNOMED CT® Content: The terminological content of SNOMED CT®, consisting of concepts, descriptions and relationships, each of which is identified using a unique SNOMED CT® Identifier. The Core: SNOMED CT® Content that is controlled, maintained and distributed by the IHTSDO. The IHTSDO has the sole right to modify the Core. E D Other S D CORE
  5. 5. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING Extension: SNOMED CT® Content that is supplementary to, and dependent upon, other SNOMED CT® Content (i.e. any SNOMED CT® Content other than the Core). An Extension is either a: • National Extension (if it is owned by a Member) or • Third Party Extension (if it is owned by an Affiliate). Derivative: A work that consists of SNOMED CT® Content E D (either from the Core or from an Extension) Other plus either additional properties relating to that SNOMED CT® Content (e.g. a Sub-Set) or a set S D of relationships with another nomenclature, classification or knowledge structure (e.g. a Cross-Map). CORE
  6. 6. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING Specifications and Standards: A Specification is a specification issued by the IHTSDO relating to SNOMED CT®. A Standard is a Specification that is formally adopted by the IHTSDO An Extension or a Derivative is “Standards Based” if there is a Standard applicable to that E D kind of Extension or Derivative. Other S D CORE
  7. 7. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING Licensees - Members: Members are not strictly ‘licensees’, but have the rights in respect of SNOMED CT® that are set out in Schedule 3 to the IHTSDO Articles of Association. - Affiliates: An Affiliate is a licensee of the IHTSDO under a licence agreement that identifies the licensee as an Affiliate. Not all licensees are Affiliates, but all Affiliates are licensees. An Affiliate may be a vendor of products incorporating SNOMED CT® E D (and may grant sub-licences to End Users so that they Other can use those products), or may be a user of S D SNOMED CT®. - End Users: End Users are third parties who are licensed by CORE Affiliates to use products incorporating SNOMED CT®.
  8. 8. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING The International Release, consisting of the Core, the IHTSDO’s Specifications and other documents and software that the IHTSDO includes within the International Release. The International Release is always licensed by the IHTSDO, whether distributed on its own or as part of a Member’s National Release (see below). Members do not sub- license the International Release. Members’ National Releases, consisting of the International Release plus Members’ E D National Extensions, Members’ Derivatives and other Other documents and software that Members include within S D their National Releases. A Member’s National Release is licensed by the Member, apart from the International Release contained within it (which is licensed by the CORE IHTSDO).
  9. 9. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING Ownership of Extensions and Derivatives Members Members own the intellectual property rights in all National Extensions and Derivatives that they create. A Member must transfer its intellectual property rights in any Standards-Based National Extension to the IHTSDO if requested to do so. Upon the transfer of a National Extension to the IHTSDO, the SNOMED CT® Content in that E D National Extension becomes part of the Core. Other The IHTSDO may request that a Member transfer its S D intellectual property rights in a Standards-Based Derivative to the IHTSDO, but any such transfer is in the Member’s sole discretion. CORE
  10. 10. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING Affiliates Under the Affiliate Licence Terms (which cover Third Party Extensions and Derivatives that an Affiliate creates from the Core): - Affiliates own the intellectual property rights in all Third Party Extensions and Derivatives that they create from the Core. - An Affiliate must transfer its intellectual property rights in any such Standards-Based Third Party Extension to the IHTSDO if E D requested to do so. Other S D - The IHTSDO may request that an Affiliate transfer its intellectual property rights in a standards-Based Derivative to the IHTSDO, but CORE any such transfer is in the Affiliate’s sole discretion.
  11. 11. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING Affiliates, contd Under a Member’s licence for the Member’s National Release (which covers Third Party Extensions and Derivatives that an Affiliate creates from the Member’s National Extensions): -The Member has the choice of providing that the: Affiliate owns the intellectual property rights in all Standards-Based Third Party Extensions and E D Derivatives that it creates from the Member’s Other National Extensions, S D or Member owns those intellectual property rights (but, in the case of Derivatives, the Member’s CORE ownership requires the agreement of the Affiliate).
  12. 12. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING Affiliates, contd - If the Member provides that the Affiliate owns those intellectual property rights, the Member may require the Affiliate to transfer those intellectual property rights to the Member or directly to the IHTSDO (but again, in the case of Derivatives, this requires the agreement of the Affiliate). - A Member must require (in the case of a Third Party Extension) or request (in the case of a Derivative) that an Affiliate transfer its E D intellectual property rights in a Standards-Based Other Third Party Extension or Derivative to the S D Member or directly to the IHTSDO if the IHTSDO requests the Member to do so. CORE
  13. 13. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING Obligations: New Zealand (MoH): - One member, UN, Endorsed, abide by the Articles - Register of Licences issued - Grant licences - ‘Other’ Licence holder: - Not grant rights to International Release - Namespace Identifier - rules about IP transfer - ‘Other’
  14. 14. IHTSDO – GUIDE TO SNOMED CT® LICENSING IP recognition: the following notice goes on all media on which the National Release is distributed. Notice: “This material includes SNOMED Clinical Terms® (SNOMED CT®) which is used by permission of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). All rights reserved. SNOMED CT®, was originally created by The College of American Pathologists. “SNOMED” and “SNOMED CT” are registered trademarks of the IHTSDO.”
  15. 15. Web references Ministry of Health (NZHIS - NZ Health Information Service): http://www.nzhis.govt.nz/moh.nsf Contact email: SNOMED_CT@nzhis.govt.nz IHTSDO: http://www.ihtsdo.org/

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