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another patent fiasco

It goes like this: 1) Microsoft releases a certain feature of SQL Server. 2) Developers use the feature. 3) Company that has a patent on the feature's technology sues Microsoft. 4) A Judge rules that the developers that were using the feature have to pay royalties to the patent holder ?!?!?.

It's one thing to license a patent, but I can't understand why people using the feature on software that is properly licensed have to pay as well. Clearly, it's possible that I'm missing something here. But it's still really strange...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on February 20 2003 at 10:41 PM

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