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   Re: [OT] Re: Geoworks and their patent

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  • From: Philip Nye <philipnye@freenet.co.uk>
  • To: "XML Developers' List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 23:05:00 +0000

Tyler Baker wrote:

> Well, what about companies in the business of patenting things which never have a solid
> implementation behind the ideas as well as never ever producing a mature product from
> those ideas.

It is interesting that under British law, if a patent holder is not
exploiting their patent, a court can force them to licence it - although
the licence terms would be dictated by the court and might not be
acceptable to either party.

This would not apply to Geoworks whose patent is not British and who are
obviously intending to licence it anyway.

Philip Nye
Engineering Arts

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