More Microsoft Madness – the patenting of BlueJ
January 29, 2007 1 Comment
Via Ed Burnette: “Microsoft copies BlueJ, admits it, then patents it”.
Michael Kölling, one of the creators of BlueJ – writes on his blog:
Let’s get that clear: four months after management were clearly aware of our prior work (and with developers being aware from the start), Microsoft knowingly filed a patent application claiming original invention of this mechanism. […]
The fact of the matter is that the application has been filed, Microsoft are trying to get control of this interaction style, and they do so while being blatantly aware that they have copied the functionality from elsewhere.
As a result, a product like BlueJ, developed for the education community, that has helped thousands of students to learn programming, may be muscled out of existence by corporate greed.
What’s wrong with these guys?
It does look though now that the patent application was hurriedly withdrawn after news spread.
Previously: Vista DRM the “longest suicide note in history”.