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Re: Apple patent on Dock affecting dock packages ?

Le jeudi 09 octobre 2008 à 12:07 -0700, Walter Landry a écrit :
> Julien Lavergne <julien.lavergne@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > There is now a patent for Apple of the concept of "Dock". Is there a
> > risk for all "dock" packages in Debian, such as avant-window-navigator ?
> There is a patent risk for every package in Debian.  Until someone
> starts enforcing a patent, the de-facto policy of Debian has been to
> ignore it.
Thanks for the clarification. I hope it'll stay as it, just a threat,
not a reality.

Le jeudi 09 octobre 2008 à 21:00 +0200, Mike Hommey a écrit :
> IANAL, but patents are not supposed to "protect" ideas, but
> implementations. It is at least true in the hardware industry. It often
> happens that companies circumvent competitor patents by implementing the
> same idea in another way, sometimes even filing a patent for the new
> implementation.
I think the same, but when I read the patent, it's more a concept that a
simple implementation. But IANAL too.

Julien Lavergne

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