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Eolas Patent: W3C’s Berners-Lee Writes to U.S. Patent Director

Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the Web, wrote a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Director regarding the Eolas patent, asking that the patent be invalidated. For more information, see the W3C’s Briefing, World Wide Web Consortium Presents US Patent Office with Evidence Invalidating Eolas Patent and the letter from Tim Berners-Lee to Hon. James E. Rogan. The letter is quite insightful about the impact of this recent lawsuit on the Web.

For more, see also Tuesday’s New York Times: Web Group Backs Microsoft in Patent Suit and my recent post, The Latest with the Eolas Patent Lawsuit.

[hat tip: W3C on Eolas, JD on MX]

10:01 pm, pst28 October, 2003 Comments, Trackbacks (2) ·

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  1. I wish these big companies would take a leaf out of Tim’s book because, just look at how rich he could have been if he had patented and restricted access to his revolutionary ideas and break thoughs. Now he has to watch as the bully-boys fight over developments within the platform he provided.

    04:22 am, pst30 October, 2003Comment by Paul Michael Smith

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  2. As we all know TBL was working for CERN at the time.

    If I remember correctly, the WWW could only be patented by same CERN, not by TBL personally...

    04:04 pm, pst 4 February, 2004Comment by Thorwald Peeters

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