"Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard have both submitted
statements to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) urging the
organization not to adopt a policy that would permit the charging
of royalties for technologies used in approved standards.
The W3C works with developers and others to come up with
standards. It has been considering whether to adopt a new policy
that would allow companies to patent technologies used in
standards, and then charge royalties for using those
Representatives from both HP and Apple are listed among the
authors of the proposal, and both companies are members of the
working group discussing the issue. Microsoft representatives also
cooperated in the first draft of the plan. But HP and Apple said
this week that after further consideration, they will be urging the
group to modify its stance when it meets next week to further
review the issue. Microsoft representatives were not immediately
available for comment.
"Hewlett-Packard Company opposes the adoption of the proposed
W3C Patent Policy Framework in its current form and recommends that
it be replaced by a policy with the goal of producing W3C standards
that are all royalty free," Jim Bell, director of standards and
industry initiatives for HP, wrote in a comment on the W3C site
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