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My personal feeling on this:
Microsoft (and others) are actively patenting anything their products rely
upon not because they want to make money from licensing or prevent others
from exploiting XML for document processing or whatever, but so that they
can carry on what they are already doing without being sued by
A competitor has the ability to patent everything and anything no matter how
much prior art exists. Companies have to patent the bleeding obvious just to
carry on with their status-quo.
The patent system is seriously broken and needs a bigger hammer than just
test cases in the courts to be reformed given we're already subjected to
stupid labels such as "This coffee is hot", "Salted Peanuts: may contain
Paul Sumner Downey
From: Dennis Sosnoski [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 06 March 2004 20:32
To: XML DEV
Subject: [xml-dev] W3C suckered by Microsoft?
I'm sure most people on the list are aware of the ongoing reexamination
of the Eolas patent and its preliminary rejection based on prior art
(see http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1543843,00.asp, for instance).