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CMP: Discussion: W3C and Patents

Oct 09, 2001, 16:43 (8 Talkback[s])
"It's hard to defend the intertwining of Web standards and patents. Where would we be today without royalty-free standards like HTML, HTTP and XML?

But it's not surprising to see this development occur. Savvy vendors, from Microsoft to IBM to Sun have been "gaming" the standards process for years now.

When operating from a position of weakness--think of Microsoft early in the Web browser game, or today with instant messaging--touting open standards has become a standard tactical move. Alternatively, when a vendor owns a de facto standard, the W3C or other standards bodies often become an after-thought.

Attempting to patent W3C contributions takes that gamesmanship to dangerous levels, and threatens the very foundation of the Web."

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