FTL patent.

David Hinds dhinds at zen.stanford.edu
Wed May 12 13:15:56 EDT 1999

On Wed, May 12, 1999 at 04:32:08PM +0100, David Woodhouse wrote:
> > The patent claims are broad enough that I don't see any straighforward
> > way of writing a free non-FTL translation layer.  But I'm not a patent
> > lawyer, and don't really know what can and can't be gotten away with. 
> alex at signum.se said:
> >  Note that there *might* be patent problems using this code in the US.
> Is this _just_ a US problem, or are the patents applicable world-wide?

I don't know.  I could ask M-Systems, I guess.

> Could we get away with inserting a check so that the FTL code is
> only allowed to  
> be used with PCMCIA devices, (which can conveniently be disabled with a 
> single-line patch)

I'm not super interested in opening myself up for a potential lawsuit,
so I'm not sure if this would be a good approach.

-- Dave

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