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W3C And Apple Patent in Patent Dispute

This one is rather surprising as the W3C is complaining about Apple's refusal to provide full and unrestricted rights to one Apple patent and one application that affect standard that is currently developed. In this case, the W3C is apparently trying to secure the rights for Widget Access Policy Specification that is created by the Web Application working group within the W3C.

To be able to get the rights to Apple's claimed inventions, the W3C has issued a public call for determination of prior art that detail access control systems that were available before October 2005 and distribution systems before April 2006 as they could relate to the W3C's standard intentions.

The W3C typically requests full access to a technology in a patent, if it is included in a W3C standard to avoid any patent infringement lawsuits, yet this is apparently Apple's intent why it is not willing to release the rights to the W3C. The organization said that Apple specifically excluded all claims in this patent from a license given to the W3C, which prompted the W3C's Patent Advisory Group to suggest the route of a call for prior art to challenge Apple's patent. Apple has not commented on the dispute.

  • lol
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  • gokanis
    Which? W3C? Apple? Both? lol
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  • dman3k
    Go W3C!
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  • socalboomer
    Apple has not commented on the dispute.

    Go figure
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  • Enkidu98
    F apple
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  • wintermint
    I don't know why people think Apple are innovating technology .. seems to me that they're cockblockers for other groups xP
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  • phate
    Apple has not commented on the dispute.

    What would they say? "We're arseholes that believe we invented everything and will fight anything that might decrease our ability to line Steves pockets."
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  • stingstang
    And yet more unsurprising news about patents. Weeee
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  • Silmarunya
    wintermintI don't know why people think Apple are innovating technology .. seems to me that they're cockblockers for other groups xP
    They don't innovate when it comes to technology (okay, credit where its due: they did in the previous century), they innovate on design. A valid strategy, although it's not my cup of tea.
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  • sundragon
    wintermintI don't know why people think Apple are innovating technology .. seems to me that they're cockblockers for other groups xP
    Cupcake, Patenting technology you created is part of that thing called Capitalism - you know one of the reasons everyone is switching to it (China to name a few important countries). You patent technology and you make money... GOD forbid people make money off something they created. If they are not willing to let go of the patent, there may be an underlying reason that isn't evident to Toms (obviously) or the rest of us... Now you can go back to trolling :)
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