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Re: New Hewlett Packard patent may be a barrier to Semantic Web services adoption

From: Ignazio Palmisano <ignazio_io@yahoo.it>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:18:07 +0100
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To: semantic-web at W3C <semantic-web@w3c.org>
Cc: public-lod@w3.org
On 1 August 2013 16:55, Graham Klyne <GK-lists@ninebynine.org> wrote:
> I don't have a "legal department to challenge the patent", but in case it
> helps:
>
>
> http://www.ninebynine.org/SWAD-E/Scenario-HomeNetwork/HomeNetworkConfig.html
>
> This was work I did around 2002-03, and includes use of RDF technologies to
> set access controls on a Cisco IOS router, which appears to correspond to
> the first primary claim of the patent:
>
> [[
> 1. An enforcement system for enforcing policies with regard to service
> requests comprising a processor-readable, non-transient medium storing code
> representing instructions that when executed at a processor cause the
> processor to implement: a plurality of enforcer agents adapted to enforce
> policies; at least one explorer agent adapted to evaluate policy enforcement
> capabilities available to the enforcement system; and a policy decision
> point adapted to identify the policies that need to be enforced for a
> service request and to pass this information to at least one enforcer agent
> to enforce the identified policies.
> ]]
>
> I recall there was also an Internet draft published about this time that
> talked about using RDF in a network management control layer: see
> http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-atarashi-netconfmodel-architecture-00.
>
> #g


More can be found here: tools implemented as far back as 2005.

http://groups.csail.mit.edu/dig/2005/05/rein/

I.

> --
>
>
> On 31/07/2013 20:15, Martin Hepp wrote:
>>
>> Dear all:
>>
>> Yesterday, Hewlett Packard has been granted a patent on "Policy
>> Enforcement":
>>
>>         http://www.freepatentsonline.com/8498959.html
>>         http://www.freepatentsonline.com/8498959.pdf
>>
>> As far as I can see, it heavily constrains the commercial exploitation of
>> research done in the Semantic Web / Semantic Web Services community from
>> 2001-2009.
>>
>> So if you worked on policies in the context of Semantic Web Services or
>> Semantic Business Process Management before November 2009, it may be
>> worthwhile to check whether the patent claims inventions that you can prove
>> to have been prior art at that time.
>>
>> This may be particularly relevant for the organizers and contributors to
>> the various policy workshops co-located with ISWC/ESWC conferences.
>>
>> I am not familiar with the legal process, but if you feel this patent
>> claims what was already publicly known / discussed at conferences back then,
>> please ask your employer or legal department to challenge the patent. It may
>> otherwise put the usage of SWS in business applications at risk.
>>
>> Best wishes
>>
>> Martin
>>
>> --------------------------------------------------------
>> martin hepp
>> e-business & web science research group
>> universitaet der bundeswehr muenchen
>>
>> e-mail:  hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org
>> phone:   +49-(0)89-6004-4217
>> fax:     +49-(0)89-6004-4620
>> www:     http://www.unibw.de/ebusiness/ (group)
>>           http://www.heppnetz.de/ (personal)
>> skype:   mfhepp
>> twitter: mfhepp
>>
>>
>>
>
>
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