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- From: Len Bullard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Lee Anne Phillips <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 20:48:59 -0600
Lee Anne Phillips wrote:
> Having too many patents laying about is like hardening
> of the arteries; it will kill you sooner or later.
Or maybe it takes the vision to choose well. Unisys owned
IDE/AS in 1991. It was a well-formed SGML browser using
stylesheets, hyperlinks, Windows, scripts, even ran as a
network app on the Novell network. EBT had a similar
system using the scrolling technique. Had either of these
groups taken out patents on their *innovations* some measure
of that bubble might be in other hands and a certain english
network engineer might still be working beneath a steam pipe.
In both cases, they chose wisely while perhaps their management
did not. Instead, now their work is prior art and while it
has not made its builders incredibly wealthy, it protects
what it could not corral.
Innovation, like Crichton's dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, has a
way of changing rules, blinding fools, and escaping the island.
Be of good cheer; even fossils can migrate.
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