Becoming a JCP Member: Instructions for Employers
Employer Contribution Agreement
As an Employer, you may have employees who wish to participate on a Java Specification Request (JSR), contributing feedback, suggestions, and intellectual property to the Specification Lead developing a new Java standard specification or revising an existing one. Employers of individuals who have signed the Java Specification Participation Agreement and are Full Members will now be required to sign the new Employer Contribution Agreement (ECA - download a review copy), which documents that those employers make Intellectual Property (IP) commitments similar to those made by full corporate members. A separate ECA must be signed for each employee who wishes to participate in the JCP.
As an alternative, you may wish to consider joining as a Full Member of the JCP.
For information about the other classes of JCP Membership, refer to the Participation Overview page.
You have probably already received an e-mail prompt to sign the Employer Contribution Agreement (ECA). Once you have determined that you are content to give your employee rights to contribute IP to the JCP, follows these steps:
Electronic Signature Instructions
The default method of Associate Membership Agreement signature is electronic signature.
When you fill out and submit the form for your Membership agreement, an e-mail message will be sent to you. This e-mail message will have a subject line that starts with "Please sign JCP." In the message, it will prompt you to click a link to sign the agreement. Clicking that link will open a web browser window on the electronic signature page for your agreement.
The agreement will be displayed in its entirety. If you have not read the agreement in advance, you can read through it here.
A yellow arrow will hover to the left of the agreement if you still have areas to fill out on the agreement. Click that yellow arrow to jump to the next area where you need to enter information (signature etc). Each area requiring your input is highlighted as a pink box with a red asterisk. Click on the box to enter your information, as described below:
After you have entered the information for all the fields, a blue button will appear at the bottom of the page labeled "Click to Sign." Once you are satisfied that all the information you have entered is correct, click that blue button and the agreement will be forwarded to Oracle for counter-signature.
Once the agreement has also been signed by Oracle, you will receive an e-mail notification with the subject line "[Name of Agreement] is Signed and Filed!" This message will contain a link to download the fully-signed agreement. Please make sure to save a copy of the agreement for your records; the agreement will only be available for download from the electronic signature service for 30 calendar days.
A note on delegation: if you wish to send the agreement to someone else in your organization for review and/or signature, there are two ways to do so. First, the e-mail message you will receive with the subject line starting with "Please sign JCP" contains another link for delegation. The relevant section reads "If you need to delegate this document to an authorized party for signature, please do not forward this email. Instead, click here to delegate." Second, once you are on the electronic signature page looking at the agreement, you can also delegate by selecting "Someone else should sign" in the "Alternative actions" pull-down menu in the upper left. Either approach will load a form in your web browser where you can specify the e-mail address of the person you want to review and/or sign the agreement, and a box for writing a message to that person. Once you have filled in information for both of these, click the blue "Delegate" button. That person will then receive an e-mail prompt to sign the agreement; please contact that person separately to make sure that he or she is aware that you expect them to review and/or sign an agreement. You may also wish to send that person these instructions.
Instructions for Manual SignatureThe default mode of ECA signature if electronic signature. Manual signature is likely to result in a delay between your signing the agreement and your employee being able to participate on a JSR. You are strongly encouraged to sign the ECA electronically. The instructions that follow are for those who cannot, for one reason or another, sign the ECA electronically.
If you have additional questions, contact the JCP PMO at firstname.lastname@example.org.