from the stopping-dumb-patents dept.
Mindphunk wrote to say " Just saw this request for prior art over at the W3C.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today announced that it is investigating the
status of a patent claim which threatens open access to privacy protection
technology known as the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P). To aid in its investigative efforts,
W3C is calling on the Web Community for help in locating "prior art,"
technology whose existence could be relevant to the validity of the
There are growing incompatibilities between patents and open standards;
the trend towards filing patents in areas where standards are already underway
is cause for both concern and action," stated Daniel J. Weitzner, Technology and Society Domain Leader of
W3C. "The Web and developer communities can be instrumental in providing the
evidence required to render questionable patents invalid, thereby maintaining
an open Web. "
"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish
it wasn't this one."
-- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN