Have MSFT eaten Parrot's lunch?

Aaron Trevena aaron.trevena at gmail.com
Wed May 23 18:23:02 BST 2007

On 23/05/07, Peter Corlett <abuse at cabal.org.uk> wrote:
> On Wed, May 23, 2007 at 09:29:37AM -0700, chromatic wrote:
> > On Wednesday 23 May 2007 08:41:40 ben at bpfh.net wrote:
> >> The Ruby implementation will be released under a BSD-alike license, and
> >> the official advice from the implementor is: "if we at MSFT start doing
> >> things with your Ruby implementation, then take what we've done and fork
> >> it."
> > ... because forking works soooooo well with patents.
> How many of those patents are valid in *London*?

You can jurisidiction shop and go via the EPO, bypassing the, now
almost sane about software, UKPO.

The EPO will happily allow you to patent the same absurd and
unpatentable (according to national patent laws within the EU as well
as the European Patent Convention which the EPO was created under)
rubbish as the USA.

For added bonus hilarity, patent disputes are set to become a criminal
matter, see how much fun sandisk had with that.



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