Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Java & Patents: Kodak Wins vs Sun

Three US patents patents could cost Sun anything up to $1.06 billion

Just one day after Sun launched "Java 5," a federal jury ruled on Friday in favor of Eastman Kodak Co. in its dispute over Java, in which it alleged Sun Microsystems' world-beating language in fact infringes patents Kodak acquired from Wang Laboratories Inc. in 1997.

The patents in question are: 5,206,951; 5,421,012; and 5,226,161.

Patent 5,206,951 covers the integration of data between typed objects by mutual, direct invocation between object managers corresponding to object types.


Read more here.

Related articles:
http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20041003041632172
http://www.itworld.com/Man/2687/041004kodaksun/

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