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patent and standard are contradictory

From: Long, Richard J <RJLong@tycoelectronics.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 11:47:25 -0400
Message-ID: <5CE83B571395D311A2160008C7B12CDE0D9BB017@ammex003.amp.com>
To: "'www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org'" <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
The terms "patent" and "standard" are completely contradictory and can not
be used in conjunction with each other.  A patent is created to allow
intellectual property to be non-standard, this allows the owner of the
intellectual property to have sole possession of it.  A standard is created
to allow the open sharing and use of intellectual property and to create a
uniform procedure of doing things.  The two cannot be used together because
they are completely contradictory.

To sum things up:  Internet technology can not be patented due to the open
interaction needed to communicate through this medium.  Period.  Any
questions?

-Richard Long
Received on Tuesday, 2 October 2001 11:48:25 GMT

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