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Re: Patent threat over RDF?

From: Jeff Barr <jeff@vertexdev.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 00:39:16 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <3699.64.134.91.250.1010122509.squirrel@www.vertexdev.com>
To: <me@aaronsw.com>
Cc: <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>, <jeff@vertexdev.com>, <edd@xml.com>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>, <www-rdf-comments@w3.org>
Hi All,

I have posted the text of the letter within my Patent Wiki.
Enter at http://www.vertexdev.com/patent_wiki/index.php?page=PatentWiki,
then head to the MainPage. I'm trying to prevent the information
within this site from being used by the bad guys, hence the
agreement on the front page.

Jeff;

> on 1/2/02 4:30 PM, Uche Ogbuji at uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com wrote:
>
>> To start the New Year on a toasty note, I received a bulky Fedex from
>> a Terry K. Qualey at an IP law firm.
>
> Hi all,
>
> I'm saddened to hear this, but I hope that I can provide some help. I
> have a non-lawyer friend who is very knowledgable about patent law,
> especially software patents. He understands RDF reasonably well, and
> has offered his help in this matter.
>
> I'd be interested if you could provide more information on the letter
> they sent. Was it phrased agressively (i.e. did they threaten to sue?)
> and what were the licensing terms they offered? From what you wrote,
> they don't sound all that serious -- probably just wanted to see who
> they could easily scare into licensing.
>
> My friend suggested that the best thing to do was to send them a letter
> saying that you would investigate their claims, and get back to them
> later. You could potentially ask for a claim chart with details on how
> your product infringes on the patent. Since I'm sure all of us are very
> busy people, it may be a bit of time until you can get back to them
> about the issues.
>
> My friend also said he'd take a look at the patent and see if there
> were any obvious holes, etc. However, it doesn't seem like these folks
> are too agressive yet. If that changes, he suggested a number of
> possible ways to move forward.
>
> Live from London,
> - Aaron
Received on Friday, 4 January 2002 07:44:13 GMT

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