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Patents and the WWW

From: Chris Brand <Chris_Brand@spectrumsignal.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 09:53:53 -0700
Message-ID: <30355B5B4D60D5119CB4009027301FED107C3F@PIGEON>
To: "'www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org'" <www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org>
Firstly, let me say that I fully support your recognition that "submarine"
patents could be an even bigger problem as we move forwards, and therefore
"full disclosure" of any relevant patents should be required by all
I firmly believe that a large amount of the software that makes the WWW
function today would not have been possible without Royalty-Free standards,
and I believe that RAND would effectively prevent Open-Source
implementations of standards. RAND therefore does not appear to be a good
way to develop standards for the WWW.
A requirement for disclosure of patents is certainly a good thing.
I do not believe that standards should be drafted using the RAND model.
Yours sincerely,

Chris Brand [ Software Technical Lead - Wireless Systems ] 
Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. 

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