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   Re: [xml-dev] Word 2003 schemas available

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it's like .net .

microsoft has (or intends to) patent the particular terms and relations 
specified in their schemas in so far as they are used as a "mechanism" 
to annotate documents.

they are not the "can-opener". they are the mechanism used to 
manufacture the can-opener.

one can be sure they will do the same with their longhorn ui 
description mechanism. i'm curious if their licensing terms for that 
will be as amenable to third party development.

len, your turn.

On Monday, Nov 17, 2003, at 23:01 Europe/Berlin, Michael Kay wrote:

> It would be interesting to see the patents that they may or may not
> have, which you might or might not be infringing if you don't agree to
> their licensing terms...
> I find it surprising that they're relying on patent law rather than
> copyright law. As far as I'm aware, if I find a patented can-opener 
> that
> someone has carelessly dropped on the pavement, the patent owner has no
> right to restrict the way in which I use it.
> Michael Kay


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