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

From: UML-OWL Gen <info@umlowlgen.com>
Date: Sun, 3 May 2009 12:01:06 -0400
To: "'Bijan Parsia'" <bparsia@cs.manchester.ac.uk>
Cc: <public-owl-dev@w3.org>, "'Elisa F. Kendall'" <ekendall@sandsoft.com>
Message-ID: <F6FC7D5BCD1845829803F1606CCE8C89@mohamed5a17952>
Bijan,
  
We'll take your sarcastic feedback in positive way, even it wasn't.

The generator is "Patent Pending", so you will not find in Google for a year
period.

This work is different from Elisa's work, where her work is more about ODM,
UML-OWL Generator has nothing to do with ODM. 

The generator works only from UML to OWL, and the unique thing about it is
how it deals with complex UML models & metamodels of multiple packages, not
toy examples as most literatures ended up with.

We would be happy if you point us at any product of one of "many
literatures" that works in real production environment.

We appreciate your feedback on the website, we will add a web service for
"Try It" to support interactive test, and will make models and ontologies
available on "Test Case".

Thanks,

UML-OWL Team 
info@umlowlgen.com

-----Original Message-----
From: public-owl-dev-request@w3.org [mailto:public-owl-dev-request@w3.org]
On Behalf Of Bijan Parsia
Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 5:47 AM
To: UML-OWL Gen
Cc: public-owl-dev@w3.org; Elisa F. Kendall
Subject: Re: UML-OWL Generator, A product to convert UML into OWL

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:
    http://www.google.com/patents?id=NR6XAAAAEBAJ
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":
	http://www.umlowlgen.com/index.php?p=1_4_Try-It-
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  
download?

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

Not auspicious.

Cheers,
Bijan.
Received on Sunday, 3 May 2009 16:02:10 GMT

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