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RE: [xml-dev] Cutting special deals for open source developers --noway!

On Tue, 16 Oct 2001, Jonathan Robie wrote:
> Of course, we will have patents related to *efficient* implementation of
> XQuery. The open cooperation is on the definition of the language itself,
> and it must be possible to do a naive implementation without violating any
> patents.


That just raised the evil specter of a (hypothetical) design that can be
implemented with exponential run time for free and polynomial or better
run time _only_ via patent encumbered algorithms.

It could effectively be equivalent to patenting that part of the spec's
requirements since it would bar any _deployable_ implementations that were
not subject to the patent.

Benjamin Franz

  You are in a maze of twisty IP laws that all look the same.