Patents and VoiceXML 2.0

If I may add my voice to the clamor over the inclusion of patent-covered
material in the W3C spec...

We are a small company and like many small companies, can't negotiate large
patent sharing agreements with patent holding companies and individuals.  As
our company tries to develop software to compete in the modern
communications world, we are frustrated by so called standards that require
us to pay royalties to specific individuals or companies.  We cannot really
affort to pay much in the way of royalties (or wish to pass on the added
cost to our users) and really resent that standards organizations would
actually further the business models of the patent holders at the expense of
small innovators like ourselves.

If a company creates good technology and gets a patent for it, good job!
Let that company or individual take responsibility for publishing, marketing
and distributing the necessary specification to allow it to be used...after
all, they reap the rewards.  

Large respected standards bodies like W3C actually drive the choice of what
technology will be adopted by the general development community.  By backing
patented technology, they hurt small companies like ourselves, and add cost
to the end-users!


Cary Lancaster
Staff Scientist
Comdial Corp.

Received on Wednesday, 24 October 2001 14:29:57 UTC