Software patents

Felix Nawothnig felix.nawothnig at
Thu May 12 20:00:37 CDT 2005

Jonathan Wilson wrote:
> Its highly likely that GCC and WINE are already infringing on some 
> software patent somewhere (since its well nigh impossible not to in the 
> current "patent everything you can" climate inside a number of big 
> companies)
> What makes this particular borland patent any different?

My guess: many projects have a "don't tell us about patents, we don't 
wanna know"-policy to plead ignorance in case they get sued (would this 
work anyway?) - this one is known (now).

Did people actually try to get the code into gcc (without saying 
"unfortunatly this patch infrings on patent #XXX") before?


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