Subject Re: [Firebird-Java] Events
Author Jim Starkey
Roman Rokytskyy wrote:

>>┬┐Is that included in JDBC or is it a FB extension?
>FB extension. Events are patented technology, patent is owned by Borland
>(which acquired it with acquisition of Aston Tate, which bought InterBase
>Corp. 5 years before) and as far as I know, no other database has licensed
>it so far. FB inherited patent rights together with the source code.
It's trivia now, but Borland initiated the patent after acquiring
Interbase, Inc. just within the one year from the first commercial use
which was first production release of version 3. The patent was never
filed internationally (nor could it have been), so applies only in the
United States. I'm the inventor. If somebody wanted to attack it, they
could argue that first commercial use was in beta versions more than a
year before the patent was filed. The patent license issued by by
Borland is restricted to the public source Interbase product, so by the
terms of the license it couldn't be used by another database product.


Jim Starkey
Netfrastructure, Inc.
978 526-1376