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atNewYork.com: The Royalty-Frees Have It at W3C

Nov 16, 2002, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clint Boulton)

"After months of rancorous debate and wrangling over sticking points, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Thursday revised its patent policy, which lets W3C recommendations to be issued royalty-free.

"Published in the form of the 'Last Call Working Draft,' the latest iteration means those who participate in the creation of a W3C recommendation must agree to license patents that block interoperability without charging other users, so as not to stifle standards development, according to the W3C.

"The secondary goal of this play is to ask that W3C Members and others come forth when they are aware of patents that may be essential to the implementation of W3C Recommendations. To be clear: the policy does not dictate that group members must open up one's entire patent portfolio. Rather, it concerns those patents that are essential to use a standard that one participates in developing at W3C..."

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