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Licensing and Patent Statements RRS feed

  • Question

  • All the documents come with a licensing and patents warning that confuse me as to what I am allowed to use freely. The warnings exist even where the protocols are described elsewhere in MSDN without such a warning. For instance the SP Lists Web-Service (MS-LISTSWS’) document comes with the following text about patents (see below). How do I know specifically which services/api's are those with are covered by patents and which are not. According to the document at http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/0/b/60bb549e-3b78-469e-ab9b-80606cdbc352/Patented%20Protocols%20-%20SharePoint%202007.pdf there are patent applications for all the Sharepoint protocols.

    Patents. Microsoft has patents that may cover your implementations of the protocols. Neither this notice nor Microsoft's delivery of the documentation grants any licenses under those or any other Microsoft patents. However, the protocols may be covered by Microsoft's Open Specification Promise (available here: http://www.microsoft.com/interop/osp). If you would prefer a written license, or if the protocols are not covered by the OSP, patent licenses are available by contacting protocol@microsoft.com.

    Monday, August 4, 2008 1:52 PM

Answers

  • Greetings Melahn,
    This forum is for technical discussions involving the published Open Specification documentation. Please contact our patent team at infodoc@microsoft.com  and they will be able to provide you with more information on your patent questions.

    Thanks!

    Steve Smegner
    Application Development Consulting Group
    • Marked as answer by Steve Smegner Friday, August 8, 2008 11:21 PM
    Friday, August 8, 2008 11:21 PM

All replies

  • Melahn,
    Thanks for your post. We are reviewing the request and will update the forum as soon as we have more information.

    Steve Smegner
    Application Development Consulting Group
    Wednesday, August 6, 2008 6:46 PM
  • Greetings Melahn,
    This forum is for technical discussions involving the published Open Specification documentation. Please contact our patent team at infodoc@microsoft.com  and they will be able to provide you with more information on your patent questions.

    Thanks!

    Steve Smegner
    Application Development Consulting Group
    • Marked as answer by Steve Smegner Friday, August 8, 2008 11:21 PM
    Friday, August 8, 2008 11:21 PM