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From Matt Sergeant <m...@sergeant.org>
Subject RE: axkit and patents (fwd)
Date Mon, 21 Jan 2002 20:23:01 GMT
On Mon, 21 Jan 2002, Robert Finneran wrote:

> 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.

As far as I'm aware, prior to a patent being issued (this one is still in
application) the onus is on Sun to present prior art if it is known to
them. So we just have to present it to them to make them legally bound to
send it to the patent office. Not that this will necessarily stop the PO
issuing the patent.

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