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Something like that may happen anyway if the 'first to file'
proposals go forward. That is sure to swamp the USPTO with
patents for everything from integers to objects.
Here's the game: a VC-financed company takes the Semantic
Web standards, implements the gateway objects and business
objects for some subset of an industry (what in SOA RM
would be the next tier RM), then patents those. Now the
Semantic Web standards by inclusion into the government
standards (say DRM, etc.) become a gun in the backs of the
upper tier vendors forcing them to walk across a field of
patent landmines because the standards and recommendations
are being prepared ahead of market commoditization, not
behind it. So any small company fast enough to implement
even a prototype can patent and hold the big companies for
Because no CEO is foolish enough to do that, they have to
say no to the standards, create some other description and
foul the exclusive claims OR buy the smallCo and their patents
which is what the VCs had in mind from the beginning.
It turns the RF-policy of the W3C into a Judas Goat. The
alternative is to create patent keiretsu just as the auto
industry did. This works for awhile but have you driven
a Ford lately?
So early in the meal or late, software patents poison the soup.
If this doesn't change, the era of open standards is quickly
coming to an end. Too risky.
From: sterling [mailto:email@example.com]
why dont all of us fix them by patenting everything we have and donating
it to the open system. It is the only way to survive in this world.
Patents have taken all of the jobs and most of the substance from the