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software patents in China

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I used to think that there are no software patents in China, but it's not true.

A company named Tencent, which is a monopoly of Instant Messenger in China, has patents like this or this. That is to say, Gaim is illegal in China as long as it supports smileys. And _all_ these are just as stupid as those patents which I seen about USA.

Note that it seems they have applied numerous of stupid patents about 2 years ago, but all of them are approved in January 2006.

I don't know what to say. :shake: :shake: :-x :-x

(Luckily, currently some free software alternatives of Tencent IM has not faced trouble yet.)

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Re: software patents in China

That skinning one makes GTK+, Qt, Mozilla and pretty much every GUI application/toolkit ever illegal.

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Re: software patents in China

...luckily the skinning one only mentions IM programs, but I think it's still bad enough.

User offline. Last seen 4 years 33 weeks ago. Offline
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...and here is Lenovo's

...and here is Lenovo's patents:
Using Pipe in Unix, and Using /proc (\proc?) interface in GNU/Linux.

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