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   RE: [xml-dev] StAX XMLStreamWriter Oddities

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Don Park wrote:
>Also, I noticed that there is a patent filed on StAX by the StAX spec

	It's not a patent, just a patent application. These days, it
is becoming fairly common practice to file applications on just about
everything you do even if only to give your lawyers a chance to file
continuations or modifications, etc. in the future. Nonetheless, it is
useful to see who files these applications. It certainly tells you a
lot about their willingness to be open with their technology... 
	If this was a "defensive" application, intended to block
others from filing patents and thus keeping the technology open, then
it would be more appropriate to file for a "Statutory Invention
Record," or SIR, which is like a patent but explicitly waives rights
over the invention.

		bob wyman


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