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Re: Patent threat over RDF?

From: Jonathan Borden <jborden@mediaone.net>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 13:12:09 -0500
Message-ID: <050601c193b9$01d6ed20$0a2e249b@nemc.org>
To: "Dan Brickley" <danbri@w3.org>, "Uche Ogbuji" <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>
Cc: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Uche, Dan,

I will not respond directly to any of the issues related to organizations
making spurious claims regarding directed labelled graphs. Nor will I read
any literature, or make myself aware of any details of the claims from such

I have been working with Edge Labelled Directed Graphs since the early
1980s. The following article (the best I can recall the title):

Jonathan Borden, "Semantic Network Simulation of Events (SENSE). Modelling
Neurochemical Networks in the Brain" Amherst College, 1984

contains work performed between 1980 and 1984 (so err... all my patents on
this have already expired :-).

It has been publically available in the library since this time, giving all
the lawyers ample opportunity to read this three volume work in great
detail. it of course has references dating back at least to Des Carte.

Needless to say I toss such patent claims in the trash _without reading


> On Wed, 2 Jan 2002, Uche Ogbuji wrote:
> > Considering the goals for a distributed and multi-platform Semantic Web,
> > letter seems to be an anarchist's grenade.  What is there to be done
about it?
> Uche,
> I'm sending a stop-gap message for now. You're the second developer I have
> heard about who received such a message this week. I want to talk to my
> colleagues at W3C and on the Semantic Web Coordination Group before saying
> much more; I'm not a lawyer and consequently would prefer to postpone any
> detailed comments for now. I expect the extent of the problem will become
> clear over the next few days. I'd like to avoid discussion of this
> blowing up into a huge fuss in the meantime.
> Meanwhile, I suggest we try to carry on with life as normal on
> www-rdf-interest.... for eg., I am always interested in historical
> references on edge-labelled graph data models, to add to planned updates
> of http://www.w3.org/1999/11/11-WWWProposal/thenandnow and
> http://www.w3.org/2000/09/XGraph/
> All the best for the new year,
> Dan
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