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From: Paul A Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-09-21 13:04:25

| -----Original Message-----
| From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
| [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Peter Dimov
| Sent: 21 September 2006 16:07
| To: boost_at_[hidden]
| Subject: Re: [boost] Boost and patents
| Mateusz Loskot wrote:

| > Today, my friend was told (warned) on the #c++ IRC channel that
| > Boost uses some technologies already patented by IBM (and
| may be other
| > entities), like RCU or SMR (and may be more).
| Boost doesn't use any RCU or SMR as far as I know.

But IF IT HAD, it MIGHT provide 'prior art' to defend against the patent,
for Boost is undoubtedly published in the public domain and available for
everyone to see.

I hope that Boost will, in future, prevent (or at least deter) some of the
silly software patents that are doing little but enrich some members of the
legal progression.


Paul A Bristow
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