August 21, 2009, 8:43 am
Mea Culpa. I am uncharacteristically late in commenting on the XML Wars of August, 2009, which have already received so much attention in the press and in the blogs of the technology world.¬† The wars to which I refer, of course, broke out with the announcement early in the month that Microsoft had been granted an XML-related patent.¬† The opening of that front gave rise to contentions that patenting anything to do with XML was, in effect, an anti-community effort to carve a piece out of a public commons and claim it as one‚Äôs own.
The second front opened when a small Canadian company, named i4i, won a stunning and unexpected remedy (note that I specifically said “remedy” and not “victory,” on which more below) in an ongoing case before a judge in Texas, a jurisdiction beloved of patent owners for its staunch, Red State dedication to protecting property rights – including those of the intangible, intellectual kind.
So if this is war, why have I been so derelict in offering my comments, as quite a few people have emailed me to tell me they are waiting to hear?¬† Here’s why.