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SubjectRE: Linux stifles innovation...
Okay, so if we are going to get real stupid about the whole thing, I wonder
if Microsloth is going to patent the patent?

-----Original Message-----
From: James Sutherland []On Behalf Of James
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 10:11 AM
To: Rik van Riel
Cc: Alan Olsen; David D.W. Downey; Mark Haney;
Subject: RE: Linux stifles innovation...

On Fri, 16 Feb 2001, Rik van Riel wrote:

> On Thu, 15 Feb 2001, Alan Olsen wrote:
> > I expect the next thing that will happen is that they will get
> > patents on key portions of their protocols and then start
> > enforcing them.
> If Microsoft would start pissing off IBM and other major
> companies which have big business interests in Linux by
> invoking their patents, I can just imagine IBM coming down
> on Microsoft with their own patents ...
> "Hey you! Stop flipping those bits! Hold it right there!
> ... Don't you flip any more bits, read this patent first..."
> (and I'm sure they must have patents on _setting_ bits as
> well ;))

Apparently they DO have a patent on the tab key - you thought Amazon's
"one click shopping" patent was bad?!


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