|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] Explain this please?
Can someone explain to me how a system pipe is under patent?
What? This court never heard of popen?
Sun and Kodak settle out of court
Contributed by Mahendra Hora
Thursday, 07 October 2004
As we reported previously, Kodak
filed a lawsuit against Sun
Microsystems claiming that the
company had infringed on its patents
by implementing "ask for help"
functionality in its Java
programming language, which gave a
huge boost to the company's yearly
sales revenue. The "ask for help"
feature allows a certain application
to execute and use another
application in order to complete a
After the jury favored Kodak and
another court date was set to settle
the damages, Sun Microsystems and
Kodak agreed to settle their dispute
outside the court. Sun has agreed to
license Kodak's patents for $92
This marked the end of a two year
old dispute over patent infringement
between the two companies. Sun
Microsystems insisted that it has
not infringed any Kodak patents and
even went on to state that Kodak's
patents were invalid, but Kodak
proved otherwise by submitting
substantial evidence and documents
in the court. Kodak said that it
acquired the rights to Wang
Laboratories Inc.'s patents when it
bought the company for $260 million
in 1997. The patents in question are
5,206,951, 5,421,012 and 5,226,161.
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