Friday, October 08, 2004

Sun settles Kodak's Java suit for $92 million | CNET News.com

Sun settles Kodak's Java suit for $92 million | CNET News.com "Sun Microsystems has settled a patent suit brought by Eastman Kodak relating to Java software, agreeing to license Kodak's patents for $92 million.
The settlement, announced Thursday, comes less than a week after a jury in U.S. District Court in western New York ruled in Kodak's favor over accusations that Java violated three Kodak patents. Kodak was seeking more than $1 billion in damages.
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"It is not much of an overstatement, if any at all, to characterize Kodak's patents as claiming the ownership of the entire concept of delegation--one system or module asking another for assistance executing a task," Eunice said. "The patents reference specific concepts...that are clearly part of Java. But the patents seem to equally describe the execution environment of just about every modern programming language, operating system, (database) engine, messaging broker and application server."
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