The proposed patent policy is no more nor less than an attempt to create a bottleneck in the structure of the internet and use that bottleneck to extort tribute from all its users.

The closest analogy is the German robber barons who built castles along the Rhine and then charged 'tolls' on river commerce.

This is not acceptable.  If you establish this policy it will be the beginning of a major interruption in the Internet and beginning of the end for the W3C.  Another organization will have to be formed to replace you.

With regard to Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, there is a policy solution much simpler than RAND.  Simply require all participants in a working group to

1    Disclose any patentable technology related to the working group's goals.

2    Agree that participation in the working group automatically grants a general license to the public for any such technology.

    Jim Jinkins
    Business Systems
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    Olive Branch MS 38654