Standards, Patents, and IPR (Oh My!): Cover Pages News Clippings 2003-01

by David A. Chappell

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Taken at face value, I think this means that MS is advocating the following:
  • Claiming that they have patents pending to pieces of the technology that are necessary to implement this spec.
  • Are willing to grant ROYALTY-FREE rights to the technology--provided that OASIS and other contributing TC members grant reciprocal rights to anything else they might themselves be holding patents to.

    It sounds like a reasonable to way to protect one's investment--not necessarily any malicious intent
    here. Does anyone have any real experiences with regard to this to indicate otherwise?


    As always, your thoughts on this are welcome and encouraged.