I know this is getting off the topic of firewalls but there is legislation
going before the house this week that will change this.
-Info will be disclosed 18 months after the application is filed, period.
-Patent will be good 20 years from date of application, not date of patent
issue. (Previously, it was 17 years from date of issue.)
>patent pending then you will not get any information out of the patent
>office. A patent number and the information contained in the submitted
>documents does not have to be disclosed until the patent is appoved. Also a
>pending patent may be amended to that will defere the issue date of the
>patent. As long as you keep updating the patent on a yearly basis your
>patent will never get issued.
>This might be streching the charter a bit...
>In the advertising material for Checkpoint's Firewall-1 (version 1.2)
>which I picked up recently, there are two mentions of "patent pending".
>There is NO mention of any application numbers that I can find or any
>further information on this.
>Having sent e-mail to checkpoint last week and having received no reply
>(surprised - NOT) I'm wondering if this is just a game.
>Can anyone provide some more information about the pending patents, such
>as application numbers or the applications themselves ?