United States: INFORMATION WEEK – "The Cost of Ideas."
Last Updated: October 26 2004

Silicon Valley Partner and head of the Silicon Valley intellectual-property group, Brian Beatus is quoted in an article about Sun Microsystems agreeing to pay Eastman Kodak Co. $92 million to settle a 2-year-old patent dispute, the latest software industry intellectual-property crisis. Although such disputes are not limited to patents, developers look to protect their inventions through a patenting process that deals with claims to originality contained in old programming languages.

As the number of software patents continues to soar, Beatus notes intellectual property clashes will be a "continuing trend as long as the current state of patentability of computer software is allowed."

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