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   Re: [OT] Re: Geoworks and their patent

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: 24 Jan 2000 15:34:31 -0500

"KenNorth" <KenNorth@email.msn.com> writes:

> > In general, though, are there any recent examples of the big tech
> > companies (i.e. Microsoft, IBM, Sun, etc.) trying to enforce a
> > software patent?  I've always thought of software patents as a
> > little-person thing, like spurious law suits or domain-name squatting
> > -- in other words, something the the major U.S. corporations would
> > like to see disappear.
> Unisys has been enforcing their patent on LZW encoding (compression). which
> has caused some Web sites to drop GIF images.

Perhaps unfairly, I wasn't counting Unisys as big any more.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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