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With any luck wiser minds will prevail and this whole fiasco will be averted. Full article in the NY Times [nytimes.com].
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1) Patent Clerks who have the potential to foul up the world with their incompetence.
2) Judges who don't understand.
We need a way to change people who stand in the way of progress so that they become competent. (I'd prefer to see encouragement to get them up to speed before thoughts of punishment.)
"The '906 patent will cause cascades of incompatibility to ripple through the Web. Yet, it's not too late to remedy this problem. The material W3C presented in its Section 301 filing clearly establishes that the '906 patent is invalid," the W3C said.
W3C Calls for Reversal on ActiveX Patent [atnewyork.com]