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Re: Patents to be Auctioned

From: Dudley Mills <dudley.mills@bigpond.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 10:49:48 +1100
To: <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000801c85a2c$d2b1fd00$0100000a@Varanusprisca>
Thanks Renato,


> You didn't anticipated anything, the concept of semantic data is a very

> old concept, not to say ancient, you just filled a bloody patent to be

> able to profit from public domain ideas before anyone could do it.


I anticipated the extraction of contact, classification and geographic
semantic data from web pages and its incorporation in searchable databases.


I agree that the concept of semantic data is very old and I feel it is well
past the time that the concept should have had substantial commercial
importance on the internet.


The problem with ideas in the public domain is that they are difficult to
exploit in a competitive commercial environment with the result, generally,
that they are slow to be adopted commercially. The purpose of patents is to
encourage commercial investment.


> Third, patents are the sole expression of complete incompetence. If you

> were minimally competent you would have built a start up, implemented

> one of the ideas and got really rich by selling it to Google or

> Microsoft, but that's too difficult, isn't it?


Fair criticism if I had the fire that you espouse but I am retired. If
Google or Microsoft want the patents, I'd consider those to be good homes.
But perhaps there is some other person or organization out there with the
fire for whom these patents represent a more important opportunity.


> Fourth, do you have any idea of what W3C does for the Internet? I may be

> wrong but I've never seen W3C selling patents or profiting from their

> recommendations, so what's your point in selling patents here? Do you

> expect W3C will buy some?


Years ago I asked W3C if they had any use for the patents (donated free).
They suggested I setup (yet) another working group. If free does not do the
job, I'll try not-free.


Kind regards,

Dudley Mills,

30 Hutchison Crescent,

Kambah, ACT 2902,


Phone: +61-2-6296-2639


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