[CoMoDev] Re: bump: March meeting topic

  • From: David Beers <cervezas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 17:10:25 -0700

Haven't had any presenter volunteers yet.  You guys better think quick or you 
may force me to present.  Fair warning!

But before I volunteer myself, I wonder if I can yet shake something loose from 
one or two of you.  I notice that the EU just approved legislation that  
introduces software patents in Europe, creating quite a stir.  Software patents 
are already a sticky issue here in the US for anyone who tries to write 
commercial software.  (I've personally lost business on two separate occasions 
for reasons that related to software patent claims.)  I know some people have 
strong feelings and carefully considered positions--pro or con--about software 
patents and possible alternatives for protecting intellectual property. If 
we've got anybody who'd like to discuss the state of the debate or of various 
initiatives aimed at achieving a better legal framework for dealing with 
intellectual property, that might be a cool presentation that would generate 
some discussion.  If we had two people with different views on the subject... 
still cooler!

Just as a quick poll: 
        Who has had the experience of developing or starting to develop a 
software project of original design only to find out that it runs afoul of one 
or more patents?  

        Who has (individually or as a company) researched the patents that were 
out there to see if a product they were developing might violate one?

Note: I wasn't planning on talking about this myself--I had something technical 
in mind that relates to the synchronization topic I mentioned earlier.  I'm 
just stirring the pot to see if anything bubbles up from the rest of you.  

David Beers, Moderator
Colorado Mobile Developers

 On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 13:20:34 -0700, David Beers wrote:
> Hey folks,
> The March meeting is a couple of weeks away and I wanted to firm up a topic 
>or two.  Is there someone who hasn't presented before who would like to talk 
>to us about their work or demo something they've been working with?  It could 
>be something you've been working on but it could also be a tool, an SDK, or 
>product you like that relates to our mobility theme.
> I've got a couple of ideas, but you know me... I'm always mouthing off at 
>these meetings.
> David

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