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  • Cocoon
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    Is it true?

    http://www.osnews.com/story/23983/Amiga_Inc_Selling_Amiga_Trademark
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  • Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
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    Simon
    Posts: 809 from 2008/7/6
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    yes

    But I surely hope that Bill McEwen isn't considered as "IP" and comes with it... it's about time he gets untied from the Amiga name.

    [ Edited by Oepabakkes on 2010/11/2 22:59 ]
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    Golem
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    no
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    yes
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 9285 from 2003/5/22
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    > Is it true?

    Why shouldn't it?

    Btw, that OSNews article is wrong in some regards:

    "Amino Development was Bill McEwen's company, and still is today, renamed as Amiga, Inc."

    In 2007, Amiga Inc. (Washington), the company that started as Amino in 1999, was renamed back to Amino. The company that is called Amiga Inc. (Delaware) today was named KMOS until 2005.

    "Amiga, Inc. never produced anything"

    http://amigaworld.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=4659 ;-)
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  • Paladin of the Pegasos
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    Posts: 1784 from 2003/6/4
    Who cares?
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    amigadave
    Posts: 2453 from 2006/3/21
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    Quote:


    Zylesea wrote:
    Who cares?


    Exactly!

    And with Amiga Inc. no longer owning the rights to AmigaOS and never owning the original Amiga patents, the only thing they appear to own anymore that is of questionable value, is the name Amiga, which is worth less and less every day that goes by.

    How ironic would it be for the MorphOS Development Team to find some free money, like from a wealthy MorphOS user and fan like Trevor Dickinson is for the AmigaOS4.x users, but with deeper pockets and less common sense, who would buy Amiga Inc. and fund the development of new computers to run MorphOS2.x on and name them new Amiga computer models.

    We would then have one company with the right to create and market the AmigaOS, but not having the right to market an "Amiga" computer to run it on, and another company with the right to market "Amiga" computers, but not have the right to call it's OS, "AmigaOS".

    What a mess Amiga Inc. has made of the trademarks and copyrights surrounding the name Amiga!
    MorphOS - The best Next Gen Amiga choice.
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  • Jim
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    Posts: 4221 from 2009/1/28
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    The last two posts about sum it up.
    All this indicates is Bill McEwen (hopefully) giving up and attempting to shill a few last dollars off a damaged trademark and no valid IP.
    Good ridence!

    I wonder how Barry Altman feels?
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 9285 from 2003/5/22
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    > with Amiga Inc. no longer owning the rights to AmigaOS

    Right now they still own these up to including v3.1 at least, as far as I can see.

    > who would buy Amiga Inc.

    I doesn't seem the company itself is up for sale. From Pluritas LLC's press release:

    "Amiga Inc. [...] is also actively seeking investment capital to fund the ongoing development of their enabling technologies"

    Of course, once they actually sell their Amiga assets they'd have to rename themselves afterwards, for instance back to KMOS (or alternatively go for an "Amiga" trademark license from the new owner).

    > fund the development of new computers to run MorphOS2.x on and name
    > them new Amiga computer models.

    That could be problematic because the buyer would replace Amiga Inc. as a party in both the contracts with Commodore USA and with Hyperion. According to the press release, Commodore USA has an *exclusive* license to the trademark for their keyboard computers. Admittedly, that would still leave non-keyboard "Amiga" computers as a possibility for the new owner to market them with MorphOS. But that's where the contract with Hyperion and its "Substantially Similar Software Architecture" clause (pages 3 and 25) may kick in regarding MorphOS and thus prohibit a new "Amiga" computer for MorphOS.
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  • Jim
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    Posts: 4221 from 2009/1/28
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    What does Bill have to sell besides the company name? He's never produced anything. The company technically owns the right to the name AmigaOS, but only Hyperion can use it and Amiga is forbidden from competing with Hyperion.
    They have no software except for some very old games. They have no hardware. And the hardware patents they may or may mot own have probably expired.
    And then there is Barry Altman. Does he really have an agreement to license the name for X86 use?

    "Amiga Inc. [...] is also actively seeking investment capital to fund the ongoing development of their enabling technologies"

    Are they selling assets to raise capital (what assets do they have)?

    Are they looking for investment capital (who would throw money into that)?

    What "enabling technologies" are they talking about?
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 9285 from 2003/5/22
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    > What does Bill have to sell besides the company name?

    The Pluritas LLC press release mentions "hardware designs, software, operating systems" besides trademarks.

    Hardware designs: no frigging idea what that should be
    Software: "CoolTools"
    Operating systems: AmigaOS 1.x to 3.1 (see my answer to amigadave)

    > He's never produced anything.

    Assuming "he" = "Amiga Inc. (Delaware)", that's not true, as I pointed out before in this thread. Whether you attribute any kind of value to what "he" produced is another matter.

    > They have no software except for some very old games.

    You mean the Cinemaware and Vulcan games they sell/sold in bundle with their "Caveman" modification of WinUAE? These old Amiga games are only licensed, not owned by Amiga Inc. But yes, those licenses can be considered assets as well. For examples of software they really own see above.

    > They have no hardware.

    Yes, that's why the listing of "hardware designs" as asset puzzles me. I sincerely hope they don't classify their infamous "Zico specs" as "hardware design", even though their famous "Director of Hardware" Dean Brown may have had a hand in it ;-)

    > the hardware patents they may or may mot own have probably expired.

    Yes, they should have expired by now. But they've never been Amiga Inc's asset anyway:

    "Gateway will retain ownership of all patents acquired when it bought Amiga in 1997."
    http://web.archive.org/web/20020225145745/http://investor.gateway.com/news/19991228-12782.htm

    The Amiga patents remained with the Gateway subsidiary Amiga Development LLC.

    Interesting side note:
    During the patent litigation (July 2004 to March 2006) of Amiga Development LLC vs. Hewlett Packard the former was renamed to AD Technologies LLC in 2004 or 2005. In 2006 AD Technologies LLC surrendered their no longer needed "Amiga" word and picture marks to Amiga Inc. in Germany and elsewhere. And meanwhile as is well known, Gateway, including the owner of the (by now expired?) Amiga patents AD Technologies LLC, belongs to Acer.

    > Does he really have an agreement to license the name for X86 use?

    He has an "Amiga" trademark license for keyboard computers according to Amiga Inc. I can't read anything about "x86" (or processor ISA in general) in the press release.

    > Are they selling assets to raise capital (what assets do they have)?

    Pluritas say so, at least. Regarding what assets Amiga Inc. allegedly have see above.

    > Are they looking for investment capital (who would throw money into that)?

    I'd say yes.

    > What "enabling technologies" are they talking about?

    My guess is AA2.
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  • Butterfly
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    Posts: 79 from 2008/8/10
    @Andreas_Wolf

    I hate to further complicate the discussion, but in regard to what you have noted in your post about Amiga Development LLC vs. Hewlett Packard:

    Long ago this bit appeared and I can not find anyone to explain it in terms a layman can understand...

    Amiga Development LLC v Hewlett-Packard Company

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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 9285 from 2003/5/22
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    > I can not find anyone to explain it in terms a layman can understand...

    As far as I can tell, it went briefly that way:
    HP sued both Gateway and its subsidiary eMachines over infringement of HP's patents. At that, both Gateway and its subsidiary Amiga Development LLC counter-sued HP over infringement of patents held by them. Finally, the suing parties settled with a patent cross-license agreement and a payment of 47 Million USD from Gateway to HP.
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  • Butterfly
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    Posts: 79 from 2008/8/10
    @Andreas_Wolf

    I think this might be another problem with Thom's article. Perhaps he is being sarcastic with his paragraph that begins:

    Quote:

    By the way, those patents are probably worth a damn fortune at this point


    I don't think this is true.(anymore)

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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
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    > Perhaps he is being sarcastic with his paragraph

    I'm afraid he's not.

    > I don't think this is true.(anymore)

    While you can't sue anyone using expired patents you can very well use them to defend yourself by claiming prior art in case being sued.
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  • Butterfly
    Butterfly
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    Posts: 79 from 2008/8/10
    @Andreas_Wolf

    Quote:

    While you can't sue anyone using expired patents you can very well use them to defend yourself by claiming prior art in case being sued.


    Yes, and that's where another question get raised.
    While everyone seemed to marvel at the prototypes etc. that Carl Sassenrath brought to AmiWest, I was drawn instantly to one line he posted.

    Quote:

    I should mention that the main reason I was keeping most of this was for prior-art computer HW/SW patent proofs


    Source

    Carl had often spoke on record that he made a nice living working with prior art cases. It seemed odd for him to let material go unless there was nothing further to be gained financially by holding on to it.
    What do you think? Does this speak to whether the patents are still of great importance, or am I taking something out of context here?

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  • Jim
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    Jim
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    Perhaps its Bill's intention to divest his company of the old IP it owns in an attempt to fund the project you mentioned Andreas.

    I can't see Bill paying for a MorphOS port or trying to sell PC right now.
    The accuracy of this information seems questionable.
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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 9285 from 2003/5/22
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    > It seemed odd for him to let material go unless there was nothing
    > further to be gained financially by holding on to it. What do you think?
    > Does this speak to whether the patents are still of great importance,
    > or am I taking something out of context here?

    Logically concluding, it seems from him giving his hardware away that those prior art cases are no longer of importance to him. As for the reason I don't know really. Maybe there haven't been any such cases with his participation for a long time? Someone should have asked him at Amiwest ;-)

    Btw: http://www.amiga.org/forums/showthread.php?t=52756 :-)
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  • Butterfly
    Butterfly
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    Posts: 79 from 2008/8/10
    @Jim

    Quote:

    The accuracy of this information seems questionable.


    And that's the problem with all information in printed form. We can only work from the words, and not necessarily from the reality.

    @Andreas_Wolf

    Someone should have asked him at Amiwest ;-)

    Sadly, I was not there to do so.

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  • Yokemate of Keyboards
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    Andreas_Wolf
    Posts: 9285 from 2003/5/22
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    > Perhaps its Bill's intention to divest his company of the old IP it
    > owns in an attempt to fund the project you mentioned Andreas.

    Yes, that's what I think the Pluritas press release basically says.

    > I can't see Bill paying for a MorphOS port or trying to sell PC right now.

    Me neither. The former one would seem completely nonsensical. And the latter one wouldn't make sense either considering he couldn't even name such PCs "Amiga" anymore after selling the trademark.

    > The accuracy of this information seems questionable.

    Which information do you refer to here specifically?
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