Robert J. Hansen
rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Wed Feb 20 02:34:24 CET 2008
Nicholas Cole wrote:
> Although, of course, if there really are patent issues, it can't
> happen, but perhaps PGP Corp would/could be flexible on this point.
Not happening. GnuPG is already making inroads enough on the server
market. ADK is one of the few features which (a) PGP can claim over
GnuPG and (b) businesses want. If GnuPG implemented ADK-like features,
that would likely present enough of a competitive threat to encourage
PGP to wave the patent hammer.
The last time I talked to a patent lawyer about software (I had a nifty
thing I wanted to implement and needed to make sure I wasn't walking
into a patent lawsuit), I paid my $200/hr and got this bit of
professional advice: "in today's software market, patents are used a lot
more to keep other people out than to bring money in."
Assuming that my lawyer is accurate, the ADK patent would seem like an
obvious one to use in such a way: it is more useful to PGP to have it
around to keep competitors out of a certain part of the market than it
would be to have it around to license to competitors to allow them into
that certain part of the market.
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