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RedHat celebrates AMQP/1.0 release with new patent

pieterh (196118) writes | about 2 years ago

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pieterh writes "One day before the "Advanced Message Queuing Protocol" AMQP/1.0 becomes an OASIS standard, Red Hat secures
patent number 8,301,595, for accessing an LDAP server over AMQP. In January 2008 I provided to the AMQP Working Group, including Red Hat, the Digest-AMQP spec, "a way to integrate WWW servers and LDAP servers over an AMQP network." Here's the GitHub repository. Red Hat's patent 8,301,595 was filed two and a half years later, on June 14, 2010. In 2009 I wrote about another Red Hat patent on AMQP. That time, Red Hat said required patents would be made available royalty-free, but then as now, the patent was not on the standard but of a common use around it."

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Another Redhat patent filed at the same time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41840017)

Here is also another similar patent filed by the same "inventor":


Re:Another Redhat patent filed at the same time (1)

pieterh (196118) | about 2 years ago | (#41840045)

A search of the USPTO database finds four other Red Hat patents around AMQP:

And AMQP patents by patent lawyers:

Re:Another Redhat patent filed at the same time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41840439)

It's normal for people to claim patents on a new area of technology. This is how innovation works.

Re:Another Redhat patent filed at the same time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841997)

Messaging is not a new technology. It's been here since 80's.

Patents are *good* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41840459)

I don't see what's wrong with this.

Re:Patents are *good* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41840487)

The scary thing is that these would not be so easily patented if "AMQP" were replaced by "Messaging" or by "Message Oriented Middleware" etc. But, by using the term "AMQP", any old thing can be made to look "novel". So, the term "AMQP" becomes a mechanism for Red Hat to patent obvious, previously well known, and otherwise un-patentable technology. I.e. Red Hat is using AMQP to be a patent troll. The last time they were caught doing this, they issued a public apology and said they would not do it again. What will they do this time?

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