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   RE: [xml-dev] US Patent 6,687,897

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Rick Marshall wrote:
> surely it's in the interests of all of us for the w3c
> to work with the various patent offices...
> it ain't rocket science, but there again we could be
> more helpful.
	Absolutely! I would suggest, however, that one way to make
sure that the "help" is permanent would be to go through the formality
of creating SIRs as records of the advice given to the patent offices.
This is also a nice vehicle to ensure that credit is given to the
early innovators who could be referenced by name and project within
the body of the SIR. Personally, I can't imagine why the open source
community hasn't jumped on the idea of SIRs long before this. I can
imagine no better way to ensure that an idea is kept in the public
domain than formally blocking any potential for a patent by filing a

> to my way of thinking a dtd or xsd could and should be 
> the subject of copyright and appropriate licensing
	Hopefully, this is something that isn't questioned by the
majority of folk. Just as we can copyright code, we should be able to
copyright schemas, etc.

		bob wyman


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