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Yech! Sounds like a cached ODBC connection or cursor object would violate
the patent. Did you also notice that perfectly ordinary, harmless RAM could
suddenly violate the patent (claims 10ff) if one of those metadata objects
were to get stored in it?
> Am I missing something, or is just about everyone on the web who
> uses a database in "violation" of this patent ... or to put it
> differently, prior art from the Dawn of Time should have invalidated
> "software maker Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE:NET) Friday received
> a patent for storing metadata (define) on a server.
> The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the
> company patent number 6,393,424 for its technology, titled "Method
> and apparatus for using a static metadata object to reduce database
> accesses," which allows for fewer accesses by a server to a database
> as the server satisfies requests from computers...
> "When a person using a PC makes a request for data, the server often
> accesses the associated database multiple times. Multiple accesses
> could include an access to retrieve metadata, which in this
> particular example describes the location of the data to be
> accessed, and an access to actually retrieve the data using the
> metadata. "
> The actual patent is at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?
> &d=ft00&S1=6,393,424&OS=6,393,424&RS=6,393,424 if anyone who can
> grok this gibberish wants to look.
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