[OT] Re: Geoworks and their patent
At 5:28 PM 1/23/00, David Megginson wrote: >"Dave Winer" <dave@u...> writes: > >> Haven't seen this discussed here. >> >> http://www.thestandard.com/article/display/0,1151,9021,00.html >> >> WAP is based on XML. A hot standard if there every was one. But there seems >> to be a bug in the system. How will the Internet route around killer >> patents? > >There's not much we can do up here in Canada -- as far as I know, most >countries don't allow software patents; however, the U.S. does, and >it's too big a market for the rest of the world to ignore. Not only that, but the US government is working on enforcing their patents in the rest of the world. So those outside the US have good reasons to be concerned about what's going on. By being very liberal in granting patents, the intellectual property balance becomes tilted in USA's favor. At the same time, progress is stifled as it becomes hard to innovate in software without infringing on a number of patents. The winners are large corporations with their in-house patent lawyers and plenty of patents on file. I doubt that IBM and their equals are too unhappy with the situation, they just patent as much as they can and swap licenses with others whenever they need something patented by somebody else. >The American readers of this list have a big election coming up, and >they have candidates from both parties trying to get support from the >tech industry. Make software patents an issue now, when you have the >chance, and do the rest of us a big favour. Problem is that here in the US the politicans are in the pocket of major corporations. Some of the players in the tech industry might appreciate being able to file patents for trivial ideas. Perhaps a potential strategy is to not let those filing trivial patents get away with it. -- Terje <terje@i...> | Media Design in*Progress Software for Mac Web Professionals at <http://www.in-progress.com> Take advantage of XML with Emile, the first XML editor for Mac! xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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