News & Chronology
2004-10-02 US Rochester Business Journal: Jurors find for Eastman Kodak in patent rights case against Sun "Kodak is seeking some $1 billion in damages for infringements by Sun's lucrative Java software platform against three software patents the photo giant acquired from Wang Laboratories in 1997." Also in Rochester Democrat & Chronicle "Software patents are just coming into vogue." Groklaw comments.
2004-09-16 US Microsoft-Sun deal of April 2004 excludes OpenOffice users from protection against litigation - See also this on Computerworld (--> MS Sun)
2004-09-15 US Linux Electrons: Sun Sells Out Open Office to Microsoft (cryptic report about a patent cross-licensing agreement between Sun and Microsoft which, according to the writers, comes close to a sale of OpenOffice.org to Microsoft; NewsForge says it is not true)
- 2004 spring: Sun distances itself from EICTA Pro-Patent statement, asks EICTA to add a note mentioning Sun as dissenter
- 1998-2000? Sun is temporarily the company with the largest number of swpat applications at EPO