Re: Another Microsoft XML patent
it's getting close to the time when i start looking for a new profession. in the old days you could patent processes, but not ideas. i don't see the process here. my humble kettle for bioling water is covered by a number of patents, but none of them stop anyone else from making a kettle. the basics of physics can't be patented (ie creating heat), but the method of transferring it to something or protecting the user etc can be. now i just can't see how a) serialisation isn't as fundamental to computing and electronics as heat to physics and b) is this really about locking everyone else out of using serialisation with xml (ie to protect the new office formats) - bit late if it is. as a simple example, one of the reasons for the binary xml effort is performance problems certain groups have in serialising their objects into verbose xml. or won't they be allowed to do that anymore without paying something to ms? if there's no other way to get an object on the wire in general - ie it has to be serialised to send it somewhere, then i don't see how it can be patented. if as i said this is about xml as a serialisation format, then what the hell, i'll just give in and invent a new one, or maybe use asn.1. so back to the tower of babel. is this microsoft playing god and seeing us mere mortals build our tower of babel has decided to tear it down so that we all get splintered back into our different languages and formats again? now i know that in this group there are many, many individuals and companies with patentable technology, but lack a) the financial and b) the time resource to secure it (myself very much included). a the same time we see organisations like microsoft patenting things that have been our bread and butter for years (decades sometimes) and personally i find it depressing and discouraging. rick Bob Foster wrote: > Noted without comment: > > http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=ptxt&s1=microsoft.ASNM.&s2=xml.ABST.&OS=AN/microsoft+AND+ABST/xml&RS=AN/microsoft+AND+ABST/xml > > > Bob Foster > > > ----------------------------------------------------------------- > The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an > initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org> > > The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ > > To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription > manager: <http://www.oasis-open.org/mlmanage/index.php> > > > !DSPAM:42a1d1be170345010920587! >
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