Alex Comer alex at platinumcode.com
Fri Oct 12 17:42:17 BST 2007

My hope is that this ridiculous case leaves in its wake only an increased
awareness of the broken-ness of the patent system. If anything, the details
of this case in particular would seem to underscore the ridiculous state of
affairs in the patent system, so maybe the fallout from this will only be
good press. The feature in question would seem to be something that could
easily be coded around. That might be a small price to pay to get the word
out. In my eyes the whole SCO thing was net positive even if it was a pain
in the ass because it brought public scrutiny on the issue.


On 10/12/07, Neal McBurnett <neal at bcn.boulder.co.us> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 12, 2007 at 09:46:37AM -0600, Alex Comer wrote:
> > Nothing to see here folks, move along.
> >
> > By which I mean to say that IANAL, but upon reading this preposterous
> claim I
> > expect this to blow over. Reading this patent is enough to make you want
> to
> > vomit.
> >
> > A
> >
> > On 10/12/07, phillip tribble <phillip.tribble at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2007-10-12-018-26-NW-RH-LL
> Techies have known these sorts of patents were technically and
> constitutionally invalid and wrong for decades.  The legislature and
> courts aren't so smart.  Even defending against stupid patents can
> cost millions.  Note that Apple presumably paid money to these folks.
> The patent system is broken in the US.  They are avoiding software
> patents in the european union.  It is time to overturn precedent in
> the US and do the same thing here....
> If not, we'll all be in a world of hurt, catching up with free
> software 20 years after others deploy obvious things that they also
> patent.
> League for Programming Freedom (LPF) http://lpf.ai.mit.edu/
> This suit: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20071011205044141
> Neal McBurnett                 http://mcburnett.org/neal/
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Alex Comer
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