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Re: EOLAS ACQUIRES MILESTONE INTERNET SOFTWARE PATENT

From: Steve H Rose <habib@world.std.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 1995 21:05:25 +0059 (EDT)
To: pei@gnn.com
Cc: www-talk@w3.org
Message-Id: <Pine.3.89.9508212002.F7251-0100000@world.std.com>
Ok, folks, since I'm not a lawyer, I feel free to shoot my mouth off on a 
subject I know very little about :-)

From my limited understanding, a patent is a legal protection over a very 
specific invention.  As far as I know (I could be wrong), you can't 
patent an idea.  So, the patent, if granted, could cover a specific 
approach to embedding program objects, but could not prohibit someone 
else from using a different technology to do the same kind of thing.  I'd 
ask for clarification on this forum from someone who knows the law better 
than I do, but if that person is a lawyer, they might not share, for fear 
of being sued.  Since I ADMIT I don't know what I'm talking about, and 
since I have very shallow pockets, I doubt anyone would bother with me :-)

Yours,

Steve Habib Rose

On Mon, 21 Aug 1995 pei@gnn.com wrote:

> > 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
> 
Received on Monday, 21 August 1995 21:06:49 GMT

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