RE: Geoworks and their patent
Hi Dave, Dave said: 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? Didier replies: Dave I am confused by the article. On one hand they talk about the patent as a patent about something that may be associated to style sheets and on the other hand they talk about WAP which is more a protocol. So, After reading the article I still do not know what really is the impact: a) stylesheets are patented by Geowork b) WML is patented c) the WAP protocol is patented by Geowork as we know WAP is only a protocol and has nothing to do with generic user interface that allows the same application to appear on different displays. But the article extract below suggests that the pattent is for something that looks like a style sheet or to possibly WML if that is related to cell phones. Sorry, I do not catch what are _really_ the implication from this article. extract from the article: One of the patents the company filed during this period ? U.S. Patent No. 5,327,529, issued on July 5, 1994 ? described a process for designing generic user interfaces for application programs, and making it possible for the same application appear on different display devices. The patent gives the company rights and legal protection in the United States and Japan through July 5, 2011. That patent, the company believes, applies to a nearly identical process used in the Wireless Application Protocol for displaying data on the screens of various devices. Cheers Didier PH Martin ---------------------------------------------- Email: martind@n... Conferences: Web New York (http://www.mfweb.com) Book to come soon: XML Pro published by Wrox Press Products: http://www.netfolder.com 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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