[erlang-questions] Fwd: Is there a good source for documentation on BEAM?

Thomas Lindgren <>
Wed May 9 20:07:25 CEST 2012





----- Original Message -----
> From: Jeff Schultz <>
>...
> 4.  Documenting, and publishing, your internals makes them
> patent-system visible prior art.  This protects you from some
> Johnny-come-lately company, or individual, who patents something
> you've been using for many years.  Source code, even publicly
> available source code like Erlang, is not generally valid prior art in
> patent terms.  Just because you've been doing, say, memory management,
> one particular way for a decade, won't block a patent covering exactly
> that.
> 
> And yes, it does happen.


Not to open a can of worms, but perhaps OTP should spend their time patenting their
technology instead in that case? I'm sure Ericsson AB would like that, since they then
may be able to crush their competitors into a finer pulp.

Best regards,
Thomas



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