IP-Watch: Concerns Voiced At WIPO Over Potential Conflicts Between IP And Standards
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Date: 30 Mar 2009 16:09
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Also, there is concern about patent "trolls" who wait for standards to be deployed before revealing their rights over some technology essential for the standard, said Greve. "There’s a whole industry of people whose main product is lawsuits," said James Love, director of KEI, adding "this has been a drag on innovation, and on productivity." [...] These issues are particularly problematic with software, he added, as patents on data formats create special issues of interoperability (the value added to data is created by the user, but if it is locked up then access to that value is limited), and any interoperability problems on free software immediately makes it "un-free."
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