[E-Lang] Does Sun own E?
Kevin A. Burton
19 Apr 2001 00:53:08 -0700
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Tyler Close <email@example.com> writes:
> What's to prevent Sun from taking control of E, or any other capability based
> software, using the following patents:
Hm... seems IBM doesn't have their patent system online anymore :(
I looked up the URLs:
> The ERTP seems to be covered by: PN/6,161,121
> which issued on Dec 12, 2000.
> The listed inventors on these patents are all on this list. How do these patents
> affect your current work. Are you sure you are not developing a captive product?
IANAL but this doesn't mean that SUN owns E. It just means that any E
implementations (within the US) have to license SUNs 3 patents. If this is done
by an individual this means a lot of $$$. :(. E implementations outside the US
don't have this restriction.
Fortunately the E license is the MPL which really encourages corporate
involvement. If we can get someone like IBM involved ( which has a lot of
patents ) they could enforce a patent stalemate with SUN.
Hopefully SUN will do The Right Thing and relinquish their rights to these
Kevin A. Burton ( firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org )
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