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Re: ARC patent

From: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Jan Wieck <JanWieck(at)Yahoo(dot)com>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>,Neil Conway <neilc(at)samurai(dot)com>,pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: ARC patent
Date: 2005-01-17 20:15:05
Message-ID: 41EC1CC9.1070008@commandprompt.com (view raw or flat)
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>If you want to poke around for 2 hours, I bet you wil find more patent
>infringements.  And not looking doesn't protect you from patent
>violations.  What is the point of removing this one.  Just because Neil
>did some legwork.  Anyone could do some legwork and find some in any
>software, I bet.
>  
>
Well from one perspective... Digging for patent infringement
is expensive just look at the SCO suit. However, this is a
public list.

We have just admitted that we knowingly may infringe upon
an IBM patent. That really is a different thing than,
"We have some really smart people that came up with something,
"like" this other technology".

The reality I would bet is that IBM could give a flying roosters
butt whether or not PostgreSQL infringes on their patents. However
they will care very much, if Fujitsu or SRA does and we (the
community) may have insured that.

Sincerely,

Joshua D. Drake





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