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   Re: [xml-dev] W3C suckered by Microsoft?

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Sumner Downey" <Paul.Downey@whatfettle.com>
To: "Dennis Sosnoski" <dms@sosnoski.com>; "XML DEV" <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2004 10:44 AM
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] W3C suckered by Microsoft?

> 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
> carpet-baggers.

It is a bit like a ko threat in the game of Go: You can't claim it as an
immediate victory, but you may have the opportunity to drive it home later
on. And your opponent (competitor) will have to deal with it somehow, at
least be aware of it, know that it may cause trouble.



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