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OASIS' potential patent punch
Our colleague David Berlind posts this thoughtful piece on the issue of patents as they relate to Web services standards. David says OASIS, or the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards -- the leading venue for "ratifying" certain Web services standards -- is actually a patent shelter for the big vendors.
OASIS is not an island
It just seemed too good to be true -- that people from all across theindustry could put their minds together, collaborate, and come up withsolutions and methods that can automate and advance the competitiveness of our businesses. Now, a calcified, creaky, and lopsided patent structure threatens to gum up the two best things we have going for us in this decade -- Web services and open source.