From: m...@puffin.Eng.Sun.COM (Marianne Mueller)
Subject: The Great Software Patent Debate, Sunday May 31, 2 p.m., B'ly
Keywords: patent lawsuits public forum
Sender: sc...@zorch.SF-Bay.ORG (Scott Hazen Mueller)
Organization: Sun Microsystems, Inc. Mt. View, Ca.
Date: Fri, 29 May 1992 03:10:25 GMT
BMUG, Inc. Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
. . . . . . . Berkeley Chapter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Judi Clark, 549-2684 (BMUG), 261-3718 (direct),
fax: 261-1869 (direct), or e-mail ju...@well.sf.ca.us
May 20, 1992
Special Interest Group on Freedom, Privacy and Technology
A public forum co-sponsored by BMUG and CPSR/Berkeley
The Great Software Patent Debate!
Lotus sues Paperback Software, then sues Borland.
Apple sues Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. Xerox sues Apple.
Ashton-Tate sues Fox Software. They all had good ideas, so
Microsoft bought Fox and Borland bought Ashton-Tate.
When you were growing up, did you ever want to be a famous
inventor, owning a patent that would make you rich beyond your
wildest dreams? Did you count the cost of the lawsuits to maintain
your licensing rights and fend off others making similar claims in
those dreams? Will we ever run out of free, usable code; code that
hasn't been patented by someone?
Software patent proponent Paul Heckel goes head to head with
Dr. Richard P. Gabriel, of the League for Programming Freedom to
discuss the realities of software patents.
Paul Heckel, author of the book "The Elements of Friendly
Software Design" (Sybex books, second edition, 1991) and owner
of HyperRacks, Inc., pioneered the card and stack computer
metaphor. He developed Zoomracks, which is recognized as a
predecessor to HyperCard by Apple Computer (among others), who
licensed his patents.
Dr. Richard P. Gabriel is Chief Technical Officer and principal
founder of Lucid, Inc, a Unix software company specializing in
object technology. He is a regular columnist for AI Expert. His
research accomplishments include the first high-performance
supercomputer Lisp system, the definition of the Common Lisp
language, the Gabriel Benchmarks for measuring Lisp system
performance, the design and implementation of Qlisp (the first
compiler-based parallel Lisp implementation), assisted with the
definition of the Common Lisp Object System (CLOS), and the
architecture of Lucid's integrated programming environment.
LISP (as a language specification) is in the public domain.
The Special Interest Group's next meeting is Sunday, May 31,
1992, at 2:00 pm. The monthly meetings are free and open to the
public. The group meets on the last Sunday of the month at the
BMUG office, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley -- a half block from
the Berkeley Bart station.