[Fsfe-ie] Possible opinion formers: academics

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Thu Dec 4 00:53:59 CET 2003

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James Heald writes:
>James Heald wrote:
>> If we're looking for a way into the technology transfer people at TCD, I 
>> wonder if Iona (http://www.iona.com/) might be onside.
>> They specialise in systems integration based on Open Standards (Corba, 
>> J2EE etc) running on a variety of platforms including Linux -- so 
>> potentially directly threatened by software patents.
>> According to the page at TCD,
>> "Iona is a prestigious software company which was developed from 
>> research into distributed systems at Trinity in 1991. Dr Chris Horn, a 
>> former lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, serves as 
>> Managing Director. Iona was launched on NASDAQ in February 1997 and has 
>> over 500 employees worldwide".
>Though their PR material does make quite a lot of the fact that their 
>core system is built on patented "Adaptive Runtime Techology"(tm)

I used to work for Iona -- they were very keen on software patents, at
least at one stage.  If I recall correctly, the board was keen on
establishing a patent portfolio, since that's viewed as a Good Thing by
investors and shareholders.  So it would be unlikely, I'd say.

However, totally unrelated -- it occurs to me that Antoin O'Lachtnain,
being a frequenter of the IRISHLAW list, might have a good idea of some
people in the Irish legal community who might be useful to get in contact

Would that be useful?

(Antoin: this is regarding software patents, and ways to get the correct
viewpoint ;) "out there" into the other decision-making communities.)

- --j.
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