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Re: ARC patent

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca>,pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: ARC patent
Date: 2005-01-17 20:05:20
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Tom Lane wrote:
> Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca> writes:
> > I guess what I'm very much worried about is that there is
> > potentially-infringing code there, we know about it, and we may press
> > ahead and release with it anyway.  IBM would justifiably jump on us
> > for that as a result.
> With what?  They have no patent, yet, and may never have one.  If the
> patent were already issued then I'd be much more concerned.

One big question is why we pulled so directly from ideas on an IBM web
site?  That is very atypical of us.

Because we used it, I assumed the ideas were available for all to use
without patent restriction.  Obviously not.

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