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Re: EOLAS ACQUIRES MILESTONE INTERNET SOFTWARE PATENT

From: Steve H Rose <habib@world.std.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 1995 20:56:37 +0059 (EDT)
To: www-talk@w3.org
Message-Id: <Pine.3.89.9508212005.E7251-0100000@world.std.com>
I love it!  Here we are being treated, in a public forum, to 
correspondence related to a potential patent dispute -- a legal matter 
that could theoretically be worth millions upon millions of dollars.

In sharing this correspondence, either:

1. Somebody is not thinking      or
2. Somebody IS thinking (in which case we all may be used to become 
witnesses -- e.g. will somebody respond in this public forum that they 
didn't "invent" something)

Stay tuned...

(and perhaps some of us can also learn something about this powerful tool 
the Internet, and what happens when it intersects with old established 
institutions like law, business, and MONEY).

Yours,

Steve Habib Rose

On Mon, 21 Aug 1995, Mike Doyle wrote:

> Pei,
> 
> We've had this discussion before (last September, remember?).  You admitted
> then that you did NOT release or publish anything like this before the Eolas
> demonstrations.
> 
> >> 8/21/95  CHICAGO:  Eolas Technologies Inc. announced today that it has
> >> completed a licensing agreement with the University of California for the
> >> exclusive rights to a pending patent covering the use of embedded program
> >> objects, or "applets," within World Wide Web documents.
> >>
> >> Also covered is the use of any algorithm which implements dynamic
> >> bi-directional communications between Web browsers and external applications.
> >>[....]
> >
> >I sincerely hope this patent isn't going to stick, for the good of 
> >the web as a whole...
> >
> >And for the record, I just want to point out that the 
> >  ``technology which enabled Web documents to contain fully-interactive
> >    "inline" program objects''
> >was existing in ViolaWWW and was *released* to the public, and in full
> >source code form, even back in 1993... Actual conceptualization and 
> >existence occured before '93.
> >
> >-Pei
> >
> >pei@gnn.com
> >http://ebay.gnn.com/people/pei/home.html
> >
> >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>   Michael D. Doyle, Ph.D.                     http://www.eolas.com
>   Chairman and CEO                              voice:312/337-8748
>   Eolas Technologies Incorporated               fax:  312/337-8743
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> 
Received on Monday, 21 August 1995 20:59:05 GMT

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