FTL patent.

Alexander Larsson alex at signum.se
Thu May 13 05:37:22 EDT 1999

David.Woodhouse at mvhi.com (David Woodhouse) writes:

> dhinds at zen.stanford.edu said:
> >  I've recently learned that there is a fairly annoying encumberance
> > associated with FTL: while it is now part of the PCMCIA standard, it
> > is patented and M-Systems grants a royalty free license for its use
> > *only* for PCMCIA devices.  So technically, it appears that any use of
> > FTL for non-PCMCIA devices is a patent infringement.
> > 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 wrote this because i don't think those patens are applicable everywhere.
Sweden (where i live/work) doesn't allow software patents. I am not a
lawyer, and i haven't looked at the specific patents, so I don't know
the real deal here.

/ Alex

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