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Re: Auction Software Project

by Purdy (Hermit)
on Jul 08, 2003 at 14:06 UTC ( #272282=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Auction Software Project

My first thought was that your software, while written by you, looks eerily similiar to those covered by defended patents (#5,845,265, #6,085,176 and #6,202,051). While I hope nothing Bad™ happens to you or this effort, I thought I would point this out, in case you haven't heard about this.



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Re: Re: Auction Software Project
by CodeJunkie (Monk) on Jul 08, 2003 at 14:42 UTC


    Thanks for your reponse thats very interesting... I was not aware of this particularly although I have heard rumours about some dodgy patent rules in the US. However i'm not sure how US patent law affects me, i'm English and based in England... Do I need to worry about US patents, what about UK ones?

      Sorry for the late response here, but I did want to reply. Let me first disclaim: IANAL - you should really get solid advice from someone in the know.

      In my search, I believe that anyone who's a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property respects any other member's patents. I also found this neat article, that while it talks about the EU (though with a .uk DN), it does shed some light on patents as well.



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