IBM patents threaten ebXML

by Simon St. Laurent

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In an article titled "IBM drops patent bombshell", ZDNet writer David Berlind notes the appearance of IBM patents on the previously unencumbered ebXML specification - a project of OASIS and the United Nations. Responses to the announcement don't seem particularly happy.

(IBM later claimed to retract this, but see the followup story for more.)

Aren't patents a wonderful way to encourage innovation across developer communities?


2002-04-19 07:24:23
IBM pulls back
Some damage may already have been done to ebXML's reputation (and perhaps IBM's), but IBM has changed its position to royalty-free for the ebXML patents.