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
I can see it now:
We won't sue you (customer) but you have to upgrade
to DB2 ;)
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
>Hope it helps make up your mind,
>P.S. But if filing date really is 2002 and there
>is no prior art me may skip step 1.
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