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Borland software patent restricting GNU compiler development


I'm writing an article today following Dimitri O. Paun's talk at the
Wine Developer conference in Stuttgart. He said that Wine development is
restricted due to a Borland software patent, which prevents an important
feature from being added to GCC.

The Borland patent is a patent for standard exception handling
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL
&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=5,628,016.WKU.&OS=PN/5,628,
016&RS=PN/5,628,016

The FFII has written an article on this:
http://wiki.ffii.org/WineConf050501En

I am keen to find out more about this issue. Does anyone know about this
issue? I can see there were discussions on this issue in 2003
(http://gcc.gnu.org/ml/gcc/2003-10/msg00840.html). What has happened
since on this issue?

Thanks for your help. 

Regards,

Ingrid

Ingrid Marson
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