[fpc-pascal][OT] rant on patent issues

Florian Klaempfl Florian.Klaempfl at gmx.de
Thu Jan 9 16:43:37 CET 2003

vkrish at vkrish.cjb.net wrote:
> Hi!,
> I came across this (it's a s/w patent on method pointer).
> I was wondering if FPC implements method pointers the same way as is documented
> in the above patent. I also feel the above patent is the reason why C#
> delegates are slightly convoluted (having the same inventor!).

Methode pointers are a common thing. The only problems could be the 
event delegation via method pointers. But see below ...

> I presume LCL, FPGUI all use method pointers (its the single most
> beautiful feature of the language). So will there be any issues to
> contend with in regard to the above mentioned patent ?
> No wonder S/W patents are a bad thing....

Luckily enough, European countries don't know them (at least not yet :/).

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