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   RE: Software patent debate: we lose round one

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  • From: "Arnold, Curt" <Curt.Arnold@hyprotech.com>
  • To: "'xml-dev@xml.org'" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 13:26:47 -0600

The Forbes article mentions that the 20-year term on a patent is not an option since all the patent treaties are based on 20-year patents.

The key thing is to prevent nuisance patents from getting approved and contesting those that do.  There was a nice point that Web patents now have to be reviewed by a senior patent official.  However,
the key thing we can do on xml-dev to prevent nuisance patents getting approved is to make the archives readily accessible (by topics, technologies, etc) and known to the Patent Office Examiners that
cover Web technologies.  The archives looked pretty unusable last time I checked.

I'm sure that they have fairly strict guidelines on what they can disclose during their searches, however if the following message had appeared on xml-dev, I'm sure that he would have gotten

>From someone@yahoo.com:
Hi, I'm new to all this, but does anyone know of an XML editor that uses a DTD or schema to help you construct documents?

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