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   RE: [xml-dev] You call that a standard?

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ISO has national representatives.  I'd rather someone else 
fill in the details so I won't screw that up.  Several of 
the list members do work with ISO.

In the deal with the W3DC, the consortia responsible for the 
technology has the responsibility 
for the IP agreements, and ISO handles the standardization 
process.  ISO will accept encumbered technology.  It is the 
responsibility of the consortia to sort that out.  The answer 
to 'can I watch' is no.  That is exactly why the working 
groups are closed to members.  On the other hand, the fee to join for 
an individual is $100 USD and that doesn't even cover the 
processing of a submission, but membership compels a 
contributor to sign the participation agreement.  No 
submarine IP.  Can one accidentally include it?  Probably 
but the cases for that are rare given some diligence, 
and the advantages of an IP keiretsu outweigh the 
benefits of the lawsuits.  No one can prevent them, but 
one can make the environment such that enlightened 
self-interest leads the wise to a better path, and 
then we can get on with business with a lot less FUD.

Someone sent me a book announcement yesterday that documents 
how to manage ISO work.  I am sorry but I deleted it.


From: Rich Salz [mailto:rsalz@datapower.com]

> 2.  Is Royalty-free by dint of a signed participation 
>     agreement.

Can I watch the standard be developed, but not participate.  Then pick 
up the finished standard, start to implement, realize that I own a US 
patent that is crucial to implementation, and sue everyone else?  My 
knowledge of ISO is limited; is there a way for them to prevent it?

OASIS, W3C, et al, prevent it by lowering the barrier for admission -- 
so that more parties can be involved, increasing the chance that someone 
with patents will participate, and requiring all participants to sign up 
for the same IPR regime.

What does ISO do?


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