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Re: XPointer and the '729 patent

> After reviewing and considering the comments that have been submitted
> since the time of the posting, we offer to do the following:
> 1 Request a reexamination of the '729 Patent at our own expense.
>    As part of the reexamination, we request that you provide us with
>    any prior art of which you are aware so that Sun may submit any
>    relevant prior art to the U.S. Patent Office.
> 2 Consider specific requests for changes to the terms.
>    In order to accommodate the concerns of the development community,
>    we are willing to consider alternative terms.  We have already
>    received some comments along these lines, and additional comments
>    are welcome.


As one of those who initially criticized Sun and the W3C over this thing,
I'm quite struck by the open-mindedness of Sun's response.

I'm glad to know that even such a large company can avoid myopia with
regard to its self-interest.

I think amazon.com has a lesson to learn here.

Uche Ogbuji                               Principal Consultant
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Fourthought, Inc.                         http://Fourthought.com
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