Chris Sutcliffe writes:
>So I'm now confused, if they are going to provide information for
>developers to use via MSDN, are we going to run in to an issue where
>some information is patented and we cannot use it for w32api?
Information can't be patented, only inventions.
>This is going to make it difficult in terms of what tell patch
>contributors is a valid source of information.
Microsoft's patents haven't changed, so I don't see how you could've
possibly come to this conclusion. Why would it be more difficult today
to tell if a patch infringes on a patent than it was before?
In any case, as far these newly publically documented protocols are
concerned, the press release states that "Microsoft is providing
a covenant not to sue open source developers for development or
non-commercial distribution of implementations of these protocols."
So things should be easier for you, since now all you have to worry
about is whether w32api violates the rest of Microsoft's patents (or
any one elses). Fortunately, since I don't think anything in w32api
rises to level of what could be described as an invention, that doesn't