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   RE: Software patent debate: we lose round one

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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: "'xml-dev@xml.org'" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2000 09:00:39 +0100

At 01:26 PM 5/31/00 -0600, Arnold, Curt wrote:
>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

I posted quite recently about the archives from 1997-02 to 2000-01 and -
unless there is something Henry and I have omitted - they ought to  be in
excellent shape. We have collected them on CDROM[1], added a complete
index, so that anyone can search for a keyword. [Of course it is more
difficult to search for concepts, especially when the titles are not well

It is our intention to address the current archives, and we shall need the
help of OASIS and possibly anyone else who has kept a complete record of
the traffic during the period 2000-02-*. Since the system was not
physically under our control, we cannot guarantee integrity. I think it
critical that a core of list members are - in principle - prepared to
recover a valid archive if required.

>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?

Many people reply to the poster rather than to the list, especially when
the question is "obvious".

I do think that this is a very important area where XML-DEV can play an
important role. We need a mechanism for posting "potentially useful art"
without flooding the list with half-baked ideas. We also need a robust
depository where enough explanatory material and demonstrators can be
deposited - including screenshots and logfiles.

We will also need to be tolerant of new ideas :-)



[1] The CDROM is available to anyone on VirtualXML -
Peter Murray-Rust. (CML, VHG and XML-DEV)
CMLC and VirtualXML ConCourse: http://www.cmlconsulting.com/
CML http://www.xml-cml.org/
Virtual HyperGlossary http://www.vhg.org.uk/

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