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Re: Preparing to launch the Forms Task Force ...

From: David Hyatt <hyatt@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 14:36:43 -0700
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On Mar 14, 2007, at 2:16 PM, Laurens Holst wrote:

> James Graham schreef:
>>> This, to me, seems like the biggest issue.  The whole point of  
>>> the patent
>>> policy is to give reasonable assurance that the specification is  
>>> free of
>>> IP concerns.  Unless there is patent language that I missed,  
>>> subsuming the
>>> WHAT WG's HTML 5 spec would be opening up browser makers to be  
>>> blindsided
>>> at a later date.
>> As far as I can tell the patent policy only provides the assurance  
>> that members of the working group or the organisation they  
>> represent do not have restrictive patents on the technologies  
>> needed to implement the HTML spec. It does not protect against  
>> patents on these technologies held by other parties. Therefore  
>> there is no significant IP protection afforded by avoiding the Web  
>> Apps spec as a starting point for the new HTML specification;  
>> implementors are immune to patent lawsuits from the same group of  
>> people.
> If I were to mention <canvas> on the WHATWG mailing list, and I had  
> developed a <canvas> plugin for a browser as a proof-of-concept, I  
> could file a patent for it, perhaps sell it to a few companies for  
> intranet applications, wait for massive browser adoption, and then  
> sue them all, with my plugin and original messages as proof that I  
> was indeed the inventor of the idea. There is big money there. With  
> the W3C patent policy, and original proposals by individuals/ 
> organisations covered under that policy, that canít happen.
> Thatís what seems the added value to me. You do not have to be a  
> major browser vendor in order to carry a browser-related patent.  
> Look at Eolas, whom nobody heard of until it was too late. Look at  
> GIF, or MP3, too.
> ~Grauw
> -- 
> Ushiko-san! Kimi wa doushite, Ushiko-san nan da!!
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Laurens Holst, student, university of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
> Website: www.grauw.nl. Backbase employee; www.backbase.com.
> <lholst.vcf>
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