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Mike Pall wrote:
This is the same thing that prevents GCC from implementing the SEH
exception mechanism for C++ exceptions on Windows/x86. Not being
able to use the same mechanism prevents interoperability with code
compiled with Microsoft's C++ compiler, i.e. all Windows system
libraries and most third party C++ libraries.
I'm not a fan of software patents (unless the patent lasts for 2 years or less - which is roughly equivalent in tech terms to the timespan of a parent in tech terms when patents were invented and steam power was all the rage).

Thank you for a great example of a patent actively hurting the patent holder.

Abolish software patents today.

Sad note. Today news was posted that Google were granted a patent fpr MapReduce despite lots of prior art (see Google for a better overview plus links).
Even Google applies for non-worthy patents.