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Cal Law: The Standards Bearers [Microsoft agrees to freely license its controversial patent on Cascading Style Sheets]

Mar 11, 1999, 18:12 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brenda Sandburg)

"Since when does Microsoft Corp. agree to give away patent rights to competitors for free?

When it wants to placate a heavy-hitting technical standards-making body, for one.

The World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, went off on member Microsoft last month after the company announced it had won a patent on technology that the group adopted last year.

Rather than fight, Microsoft backed off, agreeing to freely license the patent, which relates to a technology known as cascading style sheets."

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