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Links 05/07/2010

May 7, 2010

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Links 04/13/2010

April 13, 2010
  • As Google, arguably the most powerful company in the Internet industry, needs to find ways to continue growing, it inevitably faces a temptation: Does it keep developing features that work with those of other companies, even competitors, making it easy for users to share their data, conversations and content across the Web? Or does it roll out products that only work with Google sites to nudge users to spend more time on its properties?

    More concisely, does it remain a champion of the so-called “Open Web,” or move toward a closed model similar to AOL at the beginning or Facebook now?

    tags: standards

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Links 03/26/2010

March 26, 2010
  • David Recordon listed a few already in a previous mail. I added a few, and I’m pretty sure I have forgotten many of them (in fact it’s quite amazing to see the landscape around identity management and social networks). Some have overlaps or address slightly different goals. Do we have a one liner description for each of them? For example, both wikipedia and the opensocial fails to explain what it is about in the first paragraph.

    tags: standards

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Links 03/24/2010

March 24, 2010

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Links 03/15/2010

March 15, 2010
  • If you haven’t seen a lot of applications built in the last few weeks that leverage the Google Buzz API, it’s because there aren’t any. In fact, Google hasn’t yet rolled out any API for Buzz. According to the company, this isn’t due to any backroom dealings where they plan to introduce proprietary code and hooks that tie activity to their platform, but instead, because they wanted to be sure they could first build a product that in fullness leveraged open Web standards, and start with that foundation to deliver an interoperable system that could continue to function even if Google were to “disappear off the face of the earth”.

    tags: standards

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Links 03/09/2010

March 9, 2010
  • In a response to my article here, DeWitt Clinton of Google defined what he deemed the definition of “open” to be.  According to DeWitt, “the first is licensing of the protocols themselves, with respect to who can legally implement them and/or who can legally fork them.”  I argue if this were the case, then why didn’t Google clone and standardize what Facebook is doing, where many, many more developers are already integrating and writing code for?  Facebook itself is part of the Open Web Foundation, and applies the same principles as Google to allowing others to clone the APIs they provide to developers.

    tags: standards, google

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Links 03/06/2010

March 6, 2010
  • As part of a series of interviews with W3C Members to learn more about their support for standards and participation in W3C, I’m talking to Paul Cotton from Microsoft and co-Chair of the W3C HTML Working Group.

    First, let me thank you personally on becoming a co-chair of the W3C HTML Working Group. I am very happy with Microsoft’s commitment to the HTML Working Group and to HTML 5. Microsoft is collaborating very actively, and helping drive consensus around many HTML 5 proposals related to Canvas, Accessibility and Extensibility.

    Q. Microsoft participates in a large number (~30) of W3C Working Groups and has shown this level of commitment for many years. You sent 12 people to the November 2009 HTML Working Group face-to-face meeting, an unusually high number of people from a single company for a face-to-face meeting. Why is Microsoft investing so heavily in the W3C HTML 5 effort?

    tags: microsoft, standards

  • The practical implications of the Federal Circuit’s Transcore decision could be significant.  Partly to avoid patent exhaustion, it has become common practice for many patent owners to grant limited personal covenants not to sue rather than licenses – often expressly retaining the right to assert their patents against downstream customers of the covenantee.  The Federal Circuit has now expressly confirmed what Quanta and other cases before it already implied: that for purposes of patent exhaustion a covenant not to sue amounts to authorization just as a license does.  As Quanta made clear, patent owners seeking to avoid exhaustion must limit the scope of the licensee’s or covenantee’s authorization to sell.  Sales exceeding the scope of the authorization remain unauthorized, and are themselves infringing, and thus do not trigger exhaustion.  What courts will not allow, however, is the grant of patent immunity to a party upstream while a patent owner retains the ability to assert its patents against downstream customers.

    More generally, patent owners and licensees or covenantees will need to consider carefully the implications of granting or obtaining a covenant not to sue instead of a license.  While a covenant may be treated like a license for many purposes – including, for example, with respect to patent marking – it may still afford less protection than a license in the event of bankruptcy or a transfer of the underlying patent to a third party who does not agree to be bound by the covenant.

    All licensors should be aware of Transcore’s holding regarding implied licenses by virtue of estoppel.  Because such a license is, in effect, a license implied-in-law, disclaimers of implied licenses and even express exclusions of certain patents may not succeed in defeating the implication of a license as to patents that are necessary to practice the expressly licensed patents.

    The impact of the Static Control and Hitachi decisions is less clear at this time. Both are district court decisions that are clearly inconsist

    tags: standards, patent, exhaustion

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