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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Friday, October 15, 2004 11:38 AM
> To: 'David RR Webber (XML eBusiness)'
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Patent Redux
> Possibly. This one will take negotiation and commitment plus really
> good skills in international relations and law. I hope this
> is where
> the semantic web proves its utility. If the sofware world
> wants this,
> it has to step up to proposing some technical solutions to
> manpower and competence problems.
> Don't expect much from the US until we get past the current
And possibly not much afterward either.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Strategy and Technology Consultants to the World
> "A house divided against itself" etc.
> From: David RR Webber (XML eBusiness) [mailto:email@example.com]
> I totally agree - the solution is at the WTO level.
> My suggest would be that any certified accredited
> international software standards body approved specifications
> and open source implementations of them should be exempt from
> any IPR infringement claims. They could name the org's that
> qualify - ISO, W3C, UN, OASIS, etc. This would then
> incentive participation in those processes.
> The WTO have created this mess, the USPTO and its downstream
> symbiants feed and live off the money it generates. Time to
> cut that umbylical cord.
> Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> >Tim Bray takes a position somewhat different from the past.
> Maybe he's
> >become a flip-flopper. ;-)
> >Seriously, it is past time for the open source community to
> >why consortia participation agreements are vital to the
> community's health.
> >It is also necessary for Tim and others to understand that this is a
> >problem, not just a US problem. Only a global fix will get
> the results
> >they are after in the long term. I've blogged this topic
> often enough but:
> >1) Bashing the USPTO gets you exactly zero. You need a
> global means to
> >denote and set terms and conditions for patents.
> >2) Innovation is required here. The Semantic Web may be the means.
> >3) Acquiring and managing IP using clear participation
> agreements and
> >royalty-free terms is the current and near term solution for
> the open
> >source community under legal entities such as the specifications
> >consortia that submit these to international standards bodies.
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