Re: Patentability of HTML tags.

Dudley Mills (dudmills@ozemail.com.au)
Mon, 23 Feb 1998 13:54:01 +1100


Message-ID: <34F0E4C9.504F@ozemail.com.au>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 13:54:01 +1100
From: Dudley Mills <dudmills@ozemail.com.au>
To: danielh@econ.ag.gov
CC: www-html@w3.org, www-talk@w3.org
Subject: Re: Patentability of HTML tags.

Hi Daniel,

Actually, any one serious about using my patent would probably want to
know in advance what a license would cost. By publishing but my
provisional patent and my full spec before the patent was granted, I
have given notice of the presence of the the possibility of their being
Intellectual Property in this area. I am not trying to bait and switch.

Intellectual Property in the 'net area is not limited to software. What
danger does the presence of Intellectual Property present to the 'net
industry?

Kind regards,
Dudley Mills,
30 Hutchison Crescent, Kambah, ACT 2902, Australia.
phone/fax: +61-2-6296-2639
email: dudmills@ozemail.com.au
web: http://www.ozemail.com.au/~dudmills/

> What you are saying is you hope to get a ball rolling, with all sorts
> of people using your idea; and then you'll force 'em to pay up. Okay,
> that's too harsh.  Nevertheless, if this is to become used, then the
> major browsers will have to support it. More formally, it would have
> to become part of some future html.  But the vision of future html
> (ver n.m?) including patented components  undermines one of it's
> raison d'etres.
> 
> Hence, my (and other's) knee jerk opposition.
> 
> However, if you sell some third party software that knows to look for
> these special tags, with the notion that the buyer of the software is
> also the people using your patented tags), then I guess it's sort of
> tolerable.
> 
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