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[CQ-Contest] eqsl.cc patents?

Subject: [CQ-Contest] eqsl.cc patents?
From: wn3vaw@fyi.net (Ron Notarius WN3VAW)
Date: Tue May 21 11:54:55 2002
I wouldn't worry too much about anything posted about patents for eQSL.cc's
system, especially what's posted at
http://www.qslcard.com/qslcard/reasonswhy.cfm  (I don't think that anything
there's changed in a long time, it all looks pretty familiar).   While I am
not a lawyer, nor do I portray one on TV, as a programmer I can't see what
there is to patent.

In essence, eQSL.cc is nothing more than a database application.  And the
.jpg files generated are just the output from it.

In any event,  I'm sure that the ARRL has taken this into consideration
during the design and testing of Logbook of the World, which they have
stated has a different purpose that providing .jpg files that simulate QSL

73, ron wn3vaw

"You are a fluke of the Universe
You have no right to be here
And whether you can hear it or not,
The Universe is laughing behind your back"
-- National Lampoon's Deteriorata

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kenneth E. Harker" <kharker@cs.utexas.edu>
To: CQ Contest <cq-contest@contesting.com>
Subject: [CQ-Contest] eqsl.cc patents?

     N5UP apparently has filed for patents on the idea of QSLing
electronically, and has made a veiled threat to shut down the Logbook
of the World project through patent protection:


     At least that's how I interpret it.  Has anybody else been following
this particular patent issue?  Anyone found the patent applications

Kenneth E. Harker      "Vox Clamantis in Deserto"      kharker@cs.utexas.edu
University of Texas at Austin                   Amateur Radio Callsign: WM5R
Department of the Computer Sciences      VP, Central Texas DX & Contest Club
Taylor Hall TAY 2.124                         Maintainer of Linux on Laptops
Austin, TX 78712-1188 USA            http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/kharker/


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