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Patented Standards?

From: John Richter <nbricj@nsbhp.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2001 09:38:43 -0400
Message-ID: <3BBB14E3.DD1C28B9@nsbhp.com>
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Intrinsic in the idea of an industry standard is free access by those in
that industry.  Certainly some standards have arisen by demand of the
market place, but to be forced by an industry standard to buy a
particular company's technology is contrary to that intrinsic goal.
Also intrinsic in standards is the concept of creating specifications
that foster competition and production.  This proposal is designed to
stifle that.  I suspect those in the committee who fostered this
proprosal do not have a good understanding of the basic goals such a
body incorporates.

John Richter
I. S. Manager
NSBHP Steel, LLC
Received on Wednesday, 3 October 2001 09:39:22 GMT

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