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Re: [MM] patent issue

From: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 21:45:13 -0500
Message-Id: <p0623099ebfa2efae7938@[]>
To: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hpl.hp.com>, SWBPD <public-swbp-wg@w3.org>
Cc: Danny Weitzner <djweitzner@w3.org>

At 13:20 +0000 11/17/05, Jeremy Carroll wrote:
>I have sent two more messages on this topic
>I am consulting with colleagues, and expect to make a proposal soon.

Jeremy - the first link in the substantive document is returning an 
invalid search, the second one does indeed point to a patent 
application (not granted) that might effect us, but it does not seem 
to directly relate to the issue of Semantic markup (it does talk to 
region and annotation, but seems to me there's a lot of prior art). 
In fact, since Adobe Photoshop (XMP) and all the flickr stuff would 
violate the patent if it issues, I suspect there's soem interesting 
politics here (I cc Danny Weitzner to make him aware of this).
  I think it would be a shame to not publish this important note 
because of this issue, and think that putting in the informed 
information about this as per policy (directing people to a patent 
statement and mentioning these two patents) would be sufficient.   I 
also note that we are not recommending specific markup vocabulary or 
etc, so there is not actual item that is offered royalty free except 
our advice that people consider semantic markup, so I think this is 
likely a moot issue - but I look forward to hearing from Danny or 
other appropriate authority
  thanks for pointing this out

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