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RE: Question regarding Microsoft patent on file synchronization

From: Erik Hemdal <erik_at_comprehensivepower.com>
Date: 2007-04-24 15:32:19 CEST

> "Tom Malia" <tommalia@ttdsinc.com> writes:
> > I'm no lawyer by any means, but I'm just curious. Seems like that
> > regardless of it's original merits, does the fact that they now
> > actually have the patent mean that they can potentially
> make serious
> > trouble?
> The reason I'm not too worried is that there would be
> tremendous negative publicity for Microsoft if they sued the
> Subversion project, or any open source project, for
> infringing this (bogus) patent.

That's true, but someone might be sued for using Subversion because of some
alleged infringement. That's the whole point behind "indemnity" guarantees
and promises given by vendors: to protect users of their products from
claims of infringement that the user has no way of knowing about.

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