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Re: Patentability of HTML tags.

From: Dudley Mills <dudmills@ozemail.com.au>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 18:43:32 +1100
Message-ID: <34F128A4.5EB3@ozemail.com.au>
To: Albert Lunde <albert-lunde@nwu.edu>
CC: www-talk@w3.org
Hi Albert,

Thanks for this. I have one or two hurdles over which I might stumble
first but I have no problems with offering "non-exclusive licenses under
reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions". I think it is
much too early to say at this time exactly what would be reasonable.

Kind regards,
Dudley Mills,
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Albert Lunde <albert-lunde@nwu.edu> wrote:
> > Actually, any one serious about using my patent would probably want to
> > know in advance what a license would cost. By publishing but my
> > provisional patent and my full spec before the patent was granted, I
> > have given notice of the presence of the the possibility of their being
> > Intellectual Property in this area. I am not trying to bait and switch.
> >
> > Intellectual Property in the 'net area is not limited to software. What
> > danger does the presence of Intellectual Property present to the 'net
> > industry?
> Well if you are trying to make something a standard, you may have
> offer some assurances about licensing terms.
> You might want to take a look at the IETF's page on intellectual
> property notices at:
>  http://www.ietf.cnri.reston.va.us/ipr.html
> Now this is the IETF, not the W3C, but it's a pretty good representation
> of the ideas of people deep in Internet standards.
> More informally, the prior history of things like .ARC and .ZIP
> or the GIF patent issue, indicate there's a lot of people on the net
> who will keep even further away from propritary technologies.
> The client side of the Internet, and much of the server side,
> is still founded on free or cheap software.
> It's like the comment that "The Internet treats censorship as damage
> and routes around it". If you try to assert rights on things that
> people think aren't valid, or that are over-priced, people will
> find other ways to do it.
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