Update: Response to BlueJ Patent Issues

Jan 28, 2007 • One minute to read

  • Update: fixed wrong hyperlink

On Friday, an alert reader emailed me about a new article by Michael K_ö_lling, the creator of BlueJ, about a patent issued by Microsoft for features in Object Test Bench that are comparable to BlueJ’s Object Bench. I’ll post the full “anatomy of a firedrill” some time later, but for now we can officially say that the patent application was a mistake and one that should not have happened. To fix this, Microsoft will be removing the patent application in question. Our sincere apologies to Michael Kölling and the BlueJ community.

In addition, our Product Unit Manager is investigating how this happened to begin…Again my apologies to Michael, but I’m glad in the end we did the right thing.


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