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From: Jaime Casanova <systemguards(at)yahoo(dot)com>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: US Patents vs Non-US software ...
Date: 2005-01-18 01:19:03
Message-ID: 20050118011903.91681.qmail@web50008.mail.yahoo.com (view raw or flat)
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 --- Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)dcc(dot)uchile(dot)cl> escribió:

> On Mon, Jan 17, 2005 at 07:31:48PM -0400, Marc G.
> Fournier wrote:
> 
> > Just curious here, but are patents global? 
> PostgreSQL is not US software, 
> > but it is run within the US ... so, would this
> patent, if it goes through, 
> > only affect those using PostgreSQL in the US, or
> do patents somehow 
> > transcend international borders?
> 
> No, they are limited to the territory they are
> registered in.
> 
It depends. Every country is independant so their laws
are independants but if they sign a covenant in that
way or if there are any commercial covenants to force
with, countries like US can do their will.

But i think like Tom's. There is nothing to worry
about there are no penalty for violate a non-existing
patent. 
And when (if) the patent become a reality i'm sure the
core (you geniuses of programming) have been
eliminated that algorithm.

regards,
Jaime Casanova

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