Can proprietary standards block the take-up of industry standards? In the financial trading industry, that's what seems to be happening.
Fix Adapted for STreaming (FAST), “the first successful attempt at an industry-wide market data protocol”, has been hit by a patent infringement suit from Realtime Data. Whether the suit is successful or not, it will certainly mean a halt on uptake of FAST. I don't know the details of the case. But I'd ask: Was Realtime Data included in the development and promotion of FAST? . Market Data Standards