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Re: W3C as Golden Goose (was RE: [xml-dev] [Fwd: W3C ridiculous newpolicy on patents])

Title: Re: W3C as Golden Goose (was RE: [xml-dev] [Fwd: W3C r
Having served on the IPR Task Force for the Web3D Consortium and having written the ipr policy of HumanMarkup group before it came under OASIS auspices which supercede those, I can say that RAND utterly demolishes anything resembling open standards. Yes, it is THAT simple.

And shortly after that... interoperability. The good news is that such a scheme is likely to be short-lived and may prove to strengthen the understanding that open standards actually are necessary, even for those companies who are willingly signing their own death warrants with this policy.

The one proviso that I have not seen addressed yet is this: Does this policy allow retroactivation of patents currently not enforced?

Following is the first sentence in the definition of "Essential Claims:"

""Essential Claims" refers to all claims in any patent or patent application with an effective filing date within one year and one day after the publication of the first Public Working Draft, in any jurisdiction in the world that would necessarily be infringed by implementation of the recommendation."

Let the lawsuits flow...

Rex Brooks

At 11:54 PM -0700 10/1/01, Don Park wrote:
While W3C is guilty of being gullible, we need to protest against the few
W3C members who are pushing W3C to fast-track the new patent policy.  We
can't afford to turn this into just another W3C vs. Common Sense incident
while those who seek to subvert W3C into their golden goose hide behind W3C.

Some names I saw in messages going around are: Apple, HP, IBM, Kodak, and
Quark.  Anyone else?  We need to get the list of suspects and let the media
have a field day.


Don Park

> From: David Brownell [mailto:david-b@pacbell.net]> This proposal is a
pre-emptive attempt to prevent
> the rebels from being able to arm, though.  Did you
> even read it?  It's pretty bad.  And the way W3C
> seems to be fast-tracking it is worrisome.

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