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   RE: [xml-dev] Lame patent application of the day

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  • To: "Dennis Sosnoski" <dms@sosnoski.com>,"XML DEV" <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Lame patent application of the day
  • From: "Doug Ransom" <Doug.Ransom@pwrm.com>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 13:57:58 -0800
  • Thread-index: AcLRYMvqCw5ohbXbR4iDNecY2lLDjgAt5zyQ
  • Thread-topic: [xml-dev] Lame patent application of the day

Well, the very purpose of the patent system is to provide inventors a monopoly in exchange for them disclosing their ideas.

I don't imagine claim 1 will be granted or defensible if it already has been -- dde + excel server + excel client looks familliar.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dennis Sosnoski [mailto:dms@sosnoski.com]
> Sent: Monday, February 10, 2003 4:00 PM
> Subject: [xml-dev] Lame patent application of the day
> Our monopolistic friends at MS have filed for a patent covering 
> "Application program interface for network software 
> platform". The links 
> too long to plug into a wrapping email, but it's linked from the 
> news.com article at 
> http://news.com.com/2100-1001-984052.html?tag=fd_top 
> I'm not a legal expert, but it appears to try to cover both 
> the specific 
> implementation of the CLR and .NET provided by MS and the concept of 
> such an interface. It's a good thing these are all "open" standards, 
> right? :-)
>   - Dennis
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