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Someone has just alerted me to the following patent attempt by our friends at IBM:

Data Plotting Extension for Structured Query Language

Given that DBD::Chart predates the filing by at least 7 years (in fact, you can still get a version from CPAN from 2002, and I think BackPAN may have stuff from 2000/2001), I'd like to make sure this thing gets killed. Does anyone know an open source patent holding group, or someplace I can submit prior art claims ?

Considering theres been a searchable webpage since about 2002, and in fact the DLJB is actually rendered using it, its apparent someone is hoping for USPTO laziness.


After some suggestions (here and elsewhere), I've contacted the EFF in hopes they can provide some guidance.

It also occured to me that PL/R provides a charting capability inside of PostgreSQL, so I've contacted their maillist to see if they have an interest in pursuing a claim as well.

Perl Contrarian & SQL fanboy

In reply to Help! DBD/DBIx::Chart need patent protection! by renodino

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