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Re: UML-OWL Generator, A product to convert UML into OWL

From: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@cs.manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 3 May 2009 10:47:14 +0100
Cc: public-owl-dev@w3.org, "Elisa F. Kendall" <ekendall@sandsoft.com>
Message-Id: <0B3FF475-7183-463A-93E8-703C209667F6@cs.manchester.ac.uk>
To: "UML-OWL Gen" <info@umlowlgen.com>
Well, I hate to be the first pile on, buuuuuuut...

...what do you think you are patenting? It's hard to see anything  
patentable here. What is patentable doesn't seem worth patenting and  
certainly not worth the antipathy that 1) patenting and 2) pimping  
your prima facie silly patenting generates.

(Given the many mapping of UML to OWL in the literature, I would be  
interested to know what you thought was novel.)

I couldn't fine your patent in google's patent search, but I did find:
though Elisa is a member of the OWL WG thus, presumably, is going to  
be somewhat RANDy about this. I guess that one is going "the other  
way", i.e., OWL to UML.

Finally, having your "try it" be "email us stuff and we'll email you  
stuff back in 24 hrs":
is...well,  silly. Why not set up an actual, if limited, web service?

Similarly, your "test case" consists of a screen shot and a set of  
stats...why not have the actual models/ontologies available for  

Finally, I don't see any pricing, download, or sales contact.

Not auspicious.

Received on Sunday, 3 May 2009 09:53:01 UTC

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