Do it anyways. Release it as Open Source. IBM is big into the FOSS
community, and I seriously doubt they will persue this.
Just because they have a patent, you can always build a better mouse trap.
You are allowed to improve upon an idea that is patented, or do it a
slightly different way the patent states.
Honestly, sometimes ignorance is bliss. It might have been a better idea to
NOT research patents -- it's not like you were going to build a company
around this little script.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kugel,Miriam [mailto:mk.miriam@stripped]
> Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2007 2:29 PM
> To: mysql@stripped
> Subject: Database Cleaner
> I am thinking to write a database cleanup tool.
> According to my research they are many application specific database
> cleaners but not a general one.
> I found a patent:
> US Patent Number *07188116* - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR
> DELETING DATA IN A
> As far as I got it I cannot write my tool because I am infringing this
> Just unbelievable!!!!
> Any idea would be welcome.