A Patent On An Ajax Generator? Ah, That Could Be Important
Aram Mirkazemi, the developer of the compiler, says his Palo Alto attorney, William Milks of Russo and Hale LLP, advises that the Patent Office wouldn't publish the application if there were no prospect the patent would be granted. On the contrary, it's a sign that the Office sees cause to issue the patent and is seeking further comment.
Furthermore, Morfik is making its technology available for free download at Morfik.com. Although it's an honor system, it's saying, you get a perpetual license to use the Express edition. "If you want to use it [for your own purposes], fine. If you want to make money out of it, then please give us a share of the money," says Fuad Ta'eed, Morfik's VP of marketing. To build products with it, you need a Professional license, terms to be negotiated.
Morfik, located in Hobart, Australia, is a user of the Firebird open source database and Free Pascal in its product and is known in the Silicon Valley for its contributions to those projects.
Will this small company get this patent? Even if the Patent Office approves, should it get this patent? There would be implications for those who want to rapidly build Ajax applications with its tools, if it does. But so far it shows little inclination to exploit its breakthrough and a lot of inclination to get it broadly accepted.
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