Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Dec 2010 19:27 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project For the most time, I've been firmly in the largest camp when it comes to the Mono debate - the 'I don't care'-camp. With patent lawsuits being hotter than Lady Gaga right now, that changed. For good reason, so it seems; while firmly in the 'ZOMG-MICROSOFT-IS-T3H-EVILL!1!!ONE!'-camp, investigated the five most popular Mono applications, and the conclusion is clear: all of them implement a lot of namespaces which are not covered by Microsoft's community promise thing.
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When will the relevant patents expire?
by ozonehole on Tue 14th Dec 2010 01:32 UTC
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According to the Wikipedia page, C# version 1.0 came into existence in January, 2002. I'm not sure when all the relevant patents were issued, but does anybody know just when MONO finally becomes safe to use?

Patents do eventually expire (20 years after filing, I think), but of course Microsoft can file new patents - they do so continuously. Most of the new patents are even more ludicrous than the old ones, but that doesn't mean the USPTO won't approve them. In the USA you can patent passing gas after eating too many bean burritos.

I won't be surprised if a future US government (assuming the country doesn't collapse) won't at some point try to extend patents, as they've done with copyrights (the author's lifetime, plus 12,000 years). Whether or not any other country cares is another matter.

Edited 2010-12-14 01:33 UTC

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