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RE: ISO intellectual property (was Standards)

View conformance testing as a service and that 
is the approach they generally take.  They set 
the standard, can provide inspections and tests, 
and certify results.  This ties results to the 
right to carry the trademark.  Now you have a case.

However, the biggest difference among many of these 
organizations is who ratifies the results of the 
process.   The ISO members are law making bodies 
(governments) and can cite ISO, W3C, IETF, documents 
etc. in policies with various kinds of acts enabled 
for failure or success in meeting these.  They tend 
to cite ISO standards.  They are now also citing W3C specs.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Justin Couch [mailto:justin@vlc.com.au]

There are two possiblities. AFAIK the ISO group has no legal standing
where you can take someone to court for "violating our specification".
However! There are other ways they can take them on - false advertising,
use of trademarked symbols infringement (that red/silver logo with the
ticks on it) etc. These are all civil actions. (Have a look at how Sun
handles the Jini and Java compatibility issues - you effectively license
the trademarked logo and nothing else). 

> if BigBozoCo's claims to implement the W3C XML Schema spec, and
> it turns out that they didn't actually have the developers waste their
> valuable time implementing all those boring

Again, you could take them on in a civil action - false/deceptive
advertising and more. Just depends on how big your pockets are v
company. At least here in Oz the deceptive advertising penalties are
really stiff and so discourages companies from doing that.

Justin Couch                         http://www.vlc.com.au/~justin/
Freelance Java Consultant                  http://www.yumetech.com/
Author, Java 3D FAQ Maintainer                  http://www.j3d.org/
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