An attempt to patent SMB-like protocols

Volker Lendecke Volker.Lendecke at SerNet.DE
Thu Jul 17 13:34:33 GMT 2008

On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 08:23:21AM -0400, David Collier-Brown wrote:
> Filing Date: November 14, 2006
> Inventors: Kenneth W. Borgendale
> Assignee: IBM
> Current U.S. Classification: 709, 709/206000
> Abstract
> Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for version control for 
> application message models that include establishing, on a message sending 
> device, a sender message model, the sender message model specifying a 
> message format for interpreting application messages, the sender message 
> model including one or more sender field specifications, each sender field 
> specification specifying a message field for storing data in an application 
> message, each sender field specification including sender field 
> characteristics; calculating, by the message sending device, a sender 
> version number for the sender message model in dependence upon the sender 
> field characteristics of one or more of the sender field specifications of 
> the sender message model; creating, by the message sending device, an 
> application message according to the sender message model; and 
> transmitting, by the message sending device to a message receiving device, 
> the application message and the sender version number for the
> sender message model.
> ---
> If you by any chance know of prior use by IBM and Microsoft that fits this
> description, you just might want to bring it to the attention of 
> (;-))

Pretty tough read, but isn't this what %a in Samba is
supposed to do?

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