Hewlett Packard-IP

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Krauts In Space
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Hewlett Packard-IP

Post by Krauts In Space » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:55 am

What is the politics of HP concerning shape, layout and functions of all past HP calculators?
I mean, the HP12C is still on sale and Swissmicros builds and sales a better copy of it as well all other voyager calcs.
Does HP say "Here you are, do as you want, as long as you won't name it HP" - or takes it a long licensing process with lots of fees?

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Re: Hewlett Packard-IP

Post by budmur » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:15 pm

I am certainly not a lawyer or IP expert, and I'm sure that SM is much more sophisticated that I am, but here are a couple of observations:

1) Any design patent on a Voyager machine is long since expired.
2) HP chose not to copyright the ROMs on those machines.
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