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   Re: [xml-dev] Another Microsoft XML patent

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You are correct - I misspoke here. All of the standards promoted by
the W3C are licenses, not patents, though the standards do go through
a patent-like process of discovery to insure that patents are not
being violated.

-- Kurt 

On 6/6/05, Rich Salz <rsalz@datapower.com> wrote:
> > This is done by the W3C all the time when
> > they are attempting to insure that the patents that they are filing do
> > not infringe existing patents.
> This sentence seems wrong on several fronts.
> I didn't think that W3C filed for patents.  A quick search didn't turn
> up any with "world wide web consortium" in either the inventor or assignee
> fields, and no Berners-Lee (at least not Tim) either.
> It is perfectly legitimate to file a patent that builds on another patent,
> such that if you actually wanted to build "B" you must get a license
> for "A."  That's not infringement.
> W3C requires patent disclosures.  This is so that implementors of
> their standards are not "surprised" when the parties who participated in
> the creation of those standards have patents that would have to be
> licensed if you wanted to do the implementation.  (Cf RAMBUS :)
>         /r$
> --
> Rich Salz                  Chief Security Architect
> DataPower Technology       http://www.datapower.com
> XS40 XML Security Gateway  http://www.datapower.com/products/xs40.html

Kurt Cagle


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