ZDNet: Centrify’s Tom Kemp: Here’s the map to avoiding Microsoft’s patent minefield
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 22 Apr 2008 15:46
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
After the publication of these documents, the Gartner Group made a advisory to the effect that Open Source developers should avoid accessing this information unless they had “rigorous processes to keep track of applicable patents”. The big question, at the end of the day: How exactly was a developer to know which protocols and functionality were patented and which were not? Although Microsoft published two distinct lists of applicable patents, the MCPP Client Protocol list and the WSPP Server Protocol list, it was not apparent how they mapped directly to the protocols listed in the vast documentation itself.
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