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Question regarding Microsoft patent on file synchronization

From: Sean McCarthy <smccarthy_at_integraas.com>
Date: 2007-04-21 12:29:20 CEST

Hi All,

I'm not sure if it is the right list to post, but reviewing some patent
documents our company found this patent document from Microsoft relating
to file synchronization:

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=75&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=microsoft.ASNM.&p=2&OS=AN/microsoft&RS=AN/microsoft

While regarding the binary file synchronization (possibly for file
systems) this patent shares a lot of points in common with the way
subversion makes files synchronized.

The patent was filed on November 2003 and granted as a patent on April
10, 2007. It is clear that the claims were made after Subversion
conception and that it shares the same concepts with other open source
projects as 'rsync' that dates back to the filing (even 1999).

We are just wondering if this affects in any way to Subversion and a
possible patent infringement retaliation from Microsoft.

        Sean McCarthy

-- 
    Sean C. McCarthy
    Integra Soluciones Avanzadas, S.L.


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