[Fsfe-ie] BBC website article: Patent battle over teaching tools

Joseph Kiniry kiniry at acm.org
Thu Aug 17 10:33:04 CEST 2006


On 16 Aug, 2006, at 10:43, Malcolm Tyrrell wrote:

> I tried sending this yesterday, but I messed up the subject line,  
> so I think it may have
> been spam-filtered:
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4790485.stm
> Malcolm.

We have been discussing this here at UCD, especially given that the  
technology on which Henry McLoughlin's[1] (CCed) company was started  
(now called TopClass and supported by WBT systems[2]) was initiated  
in a 1994-ish timeframe.

We are reading the patent at the moment and I have encouraged Henry  
to get involved in the anti-patent discussions and investigations  
going on in this space as his work will likely quash many of the  
claims in their patent.

Joseph Kiniry
School of Computer Science and Informatics
UCD Dublin

[1] <http://www.csi.ucd.ie/Staff/AcademicStaff/hbmc/>
[2] <http://www.wbtsystems.com/>

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