Kodak patents and SOAP
I just glanced at the first of the patents that Kodak acquired from Wang and is now trying to use against Sun/Java: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1='5206951'.WKU.&OS=PN/5206951&RS=PN/5206951 Or, if you prefer, http://makeashorterlink.com/?B24622F38 It strikes me that the language of the patent just describes object-oriented RPC, such as Java RMI, DCOM, CORBA, or SOAP. The patent is from 1993, and CORBA predates that by a couple of years, so I don't think that Sun will have trouble finding prior art, if I've read the patent correctly. I haven't glanced at the other two patents yet (perhaps they will be trickier). Kodak tried for a couple of years to squeeze money from Sun privately over these before the thing ended up in court. I guess that between hiring Tim Bray and deciding to fight these patents openly, Sun is putting its Microsoft blood money to good use. All the best, David
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