Re: A reply on the RTLinux discussion.

Roman Zippel (
Tue, 28 May 2002 19:31:01 +0200


James Bottomley wrote:

> Actually, a patent does do exactly this. A patent gives you a "negative"
> right to exclude anyone from using your patented method or process. If you
> choose never to licence your patent (as is your right to do so) you block
> everyone else from making use of it.

Hmm, I didn't know that. I must have misunderstood something, I'm sorry
about that.

> In general, about the only restrictions on patents and their licensing
> arrangements in the US are the antitrust laws. See:
> for a good guide from the horse's mouth.

Uh, that's quite a lot of lawyer language, something like this is
already difficult to understand in the native language. Could you point
me to the relevant section, I misunderstood? I couldn't find it.

bye, Roman
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