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CNET News: .Net Patent Could Stifle Standards Effort

Feb 11, 2003, 18:00 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa M. Bowman)

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"Microsoft is in the process of applying for a wide-ranging patent that covers a variety of functions related to its .Net initiative.

"If approved as is, the patent would cover application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow actions related to accessing the network, handling Extensible Markup Language (XML), and managing data from multiple sources. APIs are the hooks in software that allow applications to work with another system...

"Meanwhile, Bruce Perens, a consultant and leader of the open-source movement, worries that Microsoft's patents could shut out alternative software development. 'Microsoft is being careful to patent every aspect of APIs related to .Net,' he said. 'It's preventing the open-source community from being involved in this area...'"

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