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Subject: Re: [ebxml-dev] Anyone else rather perturbed by IBM's recentannouncement....

On the surface, it sounds like this is no different than the issues with SOAP.

If I'm not mistaken, MS, IBM, and the rest of the six initiators of SOAP also 
have IP on that and the licensing terms for SOAP are also RAND.

Nobody seems to be up in arms about SOAP (which would have consequences for 
ebXML MHS), so how is this different?

Am I missing something?



>Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 20:17:22 -0500
>From: Norman Richards <norman.richards@commerceone.com>
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>> IBM has a patent covering electronic agreements which dates from before the
>> ebXML CPA work started.  We disclosed it recently in accordance with OASIS
>> policy which is "reasonable and nondiscriminatory licensing" (RAND).
>  This is quite disturbing.  I had no idea OASIS permitted patent abuse in it's
>process.  This could seriously harm the adoption of ebXML.  
>  Can anyone comment on the validity of IBM's claim? 
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Peter Kacandes

Sr. Product Manager, Java XML APIs	phone number: 	408 276 7139, X17139
Java Software Products 			email:	peter.kacandes@sun.com

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