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1 Please be apprised of the following Legal Notices:
3 A) The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has
4 ruled that the Netscape Navigator code does not infringe Wang's U.S.
5 Patent No. 4,751,669 ("the '669 Patent") because: 1) HTML is not
6 Videotex as defined by the '669 patent; 2) web servers are not central
7 suppliers; and 3) Navigator does not "connect," as defined by the '669
8 Patent, to web servers on the Internet. Wang may appeal this decision to
9 the Federal Circuit. Wang contended that its Patent disclosing a
10 "Videotex" system, is infringed by the following functionality in the
11 Netscape Navigator code: 1) the animated logo and status line indicators
12 --See Claims 1,8 and 9; 2) the "File Save As" function --See Claims
13 23-27; 3) Bookmarks and Rename Bookmarks in the Properties window --See
14 Claims 20-22; 4) storing HTML, GIF, and JPEG files and adding filename
15 extensions --See Claim 38
17 B) Intermind owns pending U.S. patent applications on communications
18 systems which employ metadata ("channel objects") to define a control
19 structure for information transfer. The Netscape code does not infringe
20 as released; however, modifications which utilize channel objects as
21 described by Intermind should be considered carefully. The following is
22 a statement from Intermind: "Intermind's claims fundamentally involve
23 the use of a control structure to automate communications. ...The
24 essence of Intermind's top claim is that two devices sender and receiver
25 have persistent storage, communicate over a network, and exchange a
26 control structure including metadata which describes: 1) what
27 information is to be updated, 2) when to update this information, and 3)
28 how to transfer the updated information. In addition, at least the
29 receiving device must be able to process the metadata in order to
30 perform the update determination and transfer. Any digital
31 communications system which incorporates all of these elements will be
32 covered by Intermind's patents." See Intermind.com.
34 C) Stac, Inc., and its licensing agent Hi/fn, own several patents which
35 disclose data compression methods implementing an LZS compression
36 algorithm, including U.S. Patent Nos. 4,701,745 and 5,016, 009 ("the
37 Stac Patents"). The Netscape Communicator code does not perform
38 compression. If you modify the Netscape source code to perform
39 compression, please take notice of the Stac Patents.
41 D) Netscape Communications Corporation ("Netscape") does not guarantee
42 that any source code or executable code available from the mozilla.org
43 domain is Year 2000 compliant.