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Re: [OT] Re: Geoworks and their patent

  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@t...>
  • To: xml-dev <xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 19:19:29 -0800

geoworks death
And let us remember the brief flurry of interest last year when it turned
out that Microsoft (apparently not the IE guys, who were convincingly
baffled) was granted a patent more or less on the notion of stylesheets.
Totally ridiculous given the prior art, and after a couple of ill-conceived
and quickly-forgotten PR miscues, MS wisely let the silly thing die a 
quiet and merciful death; this should serve as an example to the rest of
the industry. 

Just recently Yahoo got a patent on the notion of serving web pages
by caching data in memory and using it to fill templates at run-time.

My brother is an industrial designer, and co-holder of a patent for an
ingenious doohickey that mixes gas samples quickly and efficiently in
support of gas-chromatograph applications.  You should have seen the
work they had to do to get it.  A different universe... 

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