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Re: ARC patent

From: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Nicolai Tufar <ntufar(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>,Ismail Teppeev <iteppeev(at)gmail(dot)com>,John Hansen <john(at)geeknet(dot)com(dot)au>,Zeugswetter Andreas DAZ SD <ZeugswetterA(at)spardat(dot)at>,Jan Wieck <JanWieck(at)yahoo(dot)com>, Neil Conway <neilc(at)samurai(dot)com>,pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: ARC patent
Date: 2005-01-17 22:02:14
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The previous snipped wording was very insightful, thank you.

>
>IBM can NEVER sue customers for using infringing
>code before first informing them of infringement and
>giving reasonable time to upgrade to uninfringing
>version.
>  
>
I can see it now:

We won't sue you (customer) but you have to upgrade
to DB2 ;)

Sincerely,

Joshua D. Drake



>So, in short my advise is:
>
>  1. File an objection with USPTO. And maybe an informative
>  letter to IBM legal department mentioning USENIX paper.
>  2. If patent is granted, contact IBM and request
>  an unlimited, perpetual license to use the technology
>  3. If IBM refuses, remove the offending code, clean up
>  CVS and shout from the rooftops about the hypocrisy of
>  IBM.
>
>Hope it helps make up your mind,
>Best regards,
>Nicolai Tufar
>
>P.S. But if filing date really is 2002 and there
>is no prior art me may skip step 1.
>
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