An attempt to patent SMB-like protocols

David Collier-Brown davec-b at
Thu Jul 17 15:39:46 GMT 2008

Volker Lendecke wrote:
> 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
>>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?

I think they're trying to patent having version of messages and 
reply levels, which probably dates back to the Core protocol (;-))

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