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internetnews.com: Microsoft Collects a Pair of Patents

Dec 31, 2004, 14:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"The United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) has granted Microsoft a pair of software patents, one that deals with software compilation and another that addresses software editing.

"U.S. Patent number 6,836,883 is titled 'Method and system for compiling multiple languages' and was first applied for by Microsoft researchers on June 21, 2000...

"It also cites James Gosling (creator of the Java language) in references about compilers, as well as a document produced by the Free Software Foundation (FSF, purveyors of the GPL license) about its the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC, arguably the most popular compiler currently in use)..."

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