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JWoody>I forgot to mention that if you *actually look* at the patents ARM claim some of them are pretty fundemental to how the ARM processor works (for example swapping registers on mode changes). As this existed *also* when ARM was originally designed and released (1985) but the patent was only applied for much later (and in ARM's name) would suggest that Acorn simply didn't have a "culture" of patenting things.

ARM does, and many of its patents *do* appear to involve pretty fundemental aspects to the ARM processor that even existed at the time the processor was originally released - so the suggestion that Acorn had *only* 8 patents and ARM had over a 1,000 is misleading - and that's even not bearing in mind the inherent lack of value of using patents as a measure in the first place that others have pointed out.

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 14/09/06 9:48PM
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