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From "Robert Finneran" <...@digitalskyscrapers.com>
Subject RE: axkit and patents (fwd)
Date Mon, 21 Jan 2002 20:16:54 GMT
Hello,

I think the tech community needs to take a stand against this kind of
outrageous behavior. I cannot believe that Sun does not understand that this
patent application is just plain wrong. I don't even have to explain why
this is wrong, just read the text of it.

The worse part is that those idiots over in the patent office are likely to
approve the patent. Making patent mistakes helps evolve patent law. The
trouble is, challenging a patent usually costs millions of dollars. It's a
game only rich companies can play.

Someday I hope that software engineers wake up to the threat of their
freedom. Soon the only protection you will have against this sort of abuse
of the free market system is to only work for major corporations who can
afford to play in this arena. They cross-license each other's patents to
create oligopolies that can "legally" restrain free trade. Independent
software companies without vast patent portfolios of their own will not have
anything to trade in settlement negotiations.

Is this simply a paranoid view of our trade? I think not. Look at the
evidence.

Rob


-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Sergeant [mailto:matt@sergeant.org]
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 11:50 AM
To: general@xml.apache.org
Subject: axkit and patents (fwd)


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

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