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From Stefano Mazzocchi <stef...@apache.org>
Subject Re: axkit and patents (fwd)
Date Tue, 22 Jan 2002 13:02:34 GMT
Matt Sergeant wrote:
> 
> Looks like Sun are trying to Patent what AxKit and Cocoon can do. We need
> to make sure the patent office knows of the prior art on this. Do we have
> people who do that sort of thing?
> 
> --
> <!-- Matt -->
> <:->Get a smart net</:->
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 19:39:30 +0000
> From: Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>
> To: "axkit-users@axkit.org" <axkit-users@axkit.org>
> Subject: axkit and patents
> 
> have y'all seen this arrant nonsense from Sun?
> http://l2.espacenet.com/dips/viewer?PN=WO0163481&CY=ep&LG=en&DB=EPD
> describes a patent application which is a trivial AxKit
> operation.....
> --
> Sebastian Rahtz      OUCS Information Manager
> 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN. Phone +44 1865 283431

Ok, god, good thing sebastian is watching :)

I moved this over to the ASF member list (unfortunately, private). 

My proposal is to make the ASF do its job: defend its developers. Either
by calling Sun officials directly (we know a bunch of them), or by
slashdotting it, or by doing press coverage (Edd: hint, hint :)

It might not be easy, but Cocoon and AxKit are ahead of Brazil by almost
a couple of lightyears. 

Let make the US patent office know that OSS might be as 'inventive' as
any corporation.

-- 
Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<stefano@apache.org>                             Friedrich Nietzsche
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