Francesco Potorti` pot a softwarelibero.it
Ven 23 Maggio 2003 13:45:03 CEST

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has approved a policy on patents that 
requires all those who participate in the development of a W3C 
recommendation must license essential claims on a royalty-free basis. It 
also requires W3C members to make disclosures on patents they own and 
requests that anyone else who sees technical drafts share their knowledge 
of patents which may be essential. At the same time, the policy suggests a 
process for handling unexpected patent claims that are inconsistent with 
the terms of the W3C Patent Policy. In that instance, the W3C will convene 
a Patent Advisory Group, which may then recommend: a legal analysis of the 
patent, the removal of the patented feature, or cessation of work in that 
area altogether. The W3C's efforts to create a patent policy have been 
contentious since it first released its Patent Policy Framework Draft in 
2001, says Daniel Weitzner, chair of the Patent Policy Working Group, who 
cautioned technology companies against trying to exploit the patent 
exception process. "Anyone who thinks that's going to be an easy way to 
squeeze fees out of Web standards I think is mistaken," says Weitzner. 
(Internet News 21 May 2003)

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