Re: Another Microsoft XML patent
> 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
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