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SubjectRe: Tux2 - evil patents sighted
On Tue, 3 Oct 2000, Thomas Davis wrote:

> > For another fine example of GPL technology covered by a parent, check out:
> >
> > http://www.patents.ibm.com/details?pn=US06049528__
> >
> > This a patent filed by Sun in June 1997 and awarded in April 2000 which
> > covers very well the ethernet bonding device in Linux 2.2.x.
> >
> > I wonder if the equalizer device present in Linux kernels since before
> > 1996 could count as prior art. IANAL, of course.
>
> Or, even better, the fact that Ethernet bonding has been
> available as a Linux patch since about 1995..
>
> I'm sure Donald Becker could produce prior art on that one!

I'm pretty sure Sun won't force the issue. Since prior art
is available on a few hundred FTP sites, they would be
foolish to sue and nullify their patent ;)

[better keep up the status quo so they can try to get a few
bucks from random sucke^W^Wother software companies infringing
on their intellectual monopoly^W^Wpatent]

regards,

Rik
--
"What you're running that piece of shit Gnome?!?!"
-- Miguel de Icaza, UKUUG 2000

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