Jakob Nielsen, usability expert
While Jakob Nielsen was at Sun, he filed for a patent on connecting HTML documents.
Enter the lawyers
Sun seems to feel that this patent covers some key parts of XPointer, notably ranges.
The W3C appears to have accepted a click-wrap license which lets people implement XPointer, but requires them to document revsions and changes. It isn't clear if this will stick...
A lot of developers are deeply unhappy with this, and Tim Bray suggested that XPointer may be dead on arrival because of this.
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