[dojo-contributors] IBM Wants Patent For Regex SSN Validation

Tom Trenka ttrenka at gmail.com
Tue May 26 15:04:38 EDT 2009


My understanding (based on a very quick discussion with Adam) is that this
patent is defensive in nature, with at least some intention of licensing it
back to the Dojo Foundation in perpetuity or giving it away.
Just for your information.

Regards,
trt

On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM, Alex Russell <slightlyoff at google.com>wrote:

> Sooo...let me get this right:
>
> 1.) IBM donates massive manpower and time to make Dojo better, and in
> the process something that a lawyer considers novel falls out
> 2.) IBM commits massive manpower and money to applying for a patent
> 3.) IBM contributes many patents back to the OSS world
>
> http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-140650.html
>
> I can't impute any motives to anyone here, but if what I know about
> big organizations holds, this patent is likely defensive in nature and
> the CCLA which IBM has contributed the original code under protects
> *EVERYONE* (including you).
>
> Whatever you think about software patents, IBM has their ducks in a
> row on this, and that ordering was done in such a way as to *remove*
> ambiguity. There's no risk to you for using anything in Dojo, largely
> due to at IBM's insistence on equitable terms for everyone.
>
> You're welcome back here when you can behave in a civil fashion
> towards those who you don't agree 100% of the time, and not before.
>
> Regards
>
> On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 10:34 AM, Jeff Chimene <jchimene at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Go fuck yourselves.
> >
> > *GIBSON; BECKY J.*; /(WESTFORD, MA)/ *; HAYS; DOUGLAS E.*;
> > /(NICHOLASVILLE, KY)/ *; KEESE, III; WILLIAM M.*; /(SAPPORO, JP)/ *;
> > PELLER; ADAM L.*; /(NEWTON, M
> >
> > /
> http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220090132950%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20090132950&RS=DN/20090132950
> >
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