Submarine patent threat still valid?
Posted Feb 4, 2010 15:17 UTC (Thu) by gmaxwell
In reply to: Submarine patent threat still valid?
Parent article: HTML5 video element codec debate reignited
Right, patents are not "use it or lose it" like trademarks. However, estoppel is a general principle of law and some have proposed more aggressive use of estoppel as a general tool to deal with the risk of non-disclosed patents gumming up the creation and adoption of standards. (I highly recommend that paper: it provides a good view 'down the rabbit hole' of the current mess that exists between patents and standards)
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