Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Morfik targets Google?

Category: Editorial, Google

<>p>When Google came out with GWT, there was a rumour that they had worked with Morfik on the technology. This false rumour came about due to the similarity in the technologies.

Morfik has shown signs of what they feel about GWT with the press release:

Morfik Will Pursue all Avenues to Protect its IP Rights

Recent recognition of the value of mapping a high-level language to JavaScript by key stalwarts of the AJAX world has confirmed the viability and strategic importance of Morfik Technology Pty Ltd’s many years of pioneering work in this area. Morfik’s vision of “browser as computing platform” embodied by its JavaScript Synthesis Technology, “JST” (Patent Pending) is now gaining mainstream acceptance.

“Morfik believes in this paradigm and has invested millions of dollars over the course of many man-years in developing this technology.” said Aram Mirkazemi, co-founder and CEO of Morfik.

“For some time now, Morfik has been recognized both in the industry and in the press for having conceived of and developed something that is truly inspirational. Morfik has been working on this technology for a long time. We are helping Morfik in pursuing all appropriate forms of intellectual property protection in connection with this technology and invention.” said Tim Hale of Russo & Hale LLP of Palo Alto, California, one of Morfik’s intellectual property attorneys.
Some time ago Morfik’s founders identified JavaScript as the limiting factor in the development of complex interactive Web-based software applications and decided to develop some proof-of-concept prototypes for the translation of a high-level language to JavaScript. The success of the proof-of-concept resulted in the establishment of Morfik as a company in the year 2000 and the further development of JST. JST allows developers to use a high-level language of choice and have it compiled directly and seamlessly to JavaScript. Morfik spent the ensuing years building a state-of-the-art Rapid Application Development tool to make JST accessible to small businesses.

In October 2005 Morfik’s JST was featured at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, California and immediately attracted the attention of leading search engine providers and software development organizations, including founders and top officers from some very large companies. In a number of instances, persons recognizing the potential in the JST innovation and its implications for their own organization’s applications requested special more detailed presentations to their engineers or gained access to additional confidential information about JST.

Morfik as the owner of this ground-breaking innovation and technology is committed to protecting all of its rights, working closely with interested organizations to share its learning and innovations related to JST and to enter into appropriate licensing arrangements with such organizations to govern their use of JST.

What about XML11, and the other companies/projects/products that compile to JS?

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Morfik’s vision of “browser as computing platform”

oh, please… they have to be kidding, can I sue them?

now, if they pursue the convert Java to JS stuff.. maybe they have something… I am not sure, it was a natural path to the GWT. It never occurred to me to convert from another language, but I did have a ‘vision’ of the browser as a computing platform many, many years ago. ;)

Comment by Hubris Sonic — May 30, 2006

Morfik as the owner of this ground-breaking innovation

these guys really think very well of themselves… ground-breaking? i dont know about that… seems a somewhat trivial application.

Comment by Hubris Sonic — May 30, 2006

Computers have been translating one language into another since they were invented. This concept has been done 1000′s of times previously, just change the names from Java and Javascript. Rhino translates Javascript to Java byte code, that’s pretty close. Of course if you add the phrase “on the Internet” to anything it becomes patentable.

Comment by Jon Smirl — May 30, 2006

Google’s WBT IP Infringement ?

When Google released it's Web Toolkit, a rumor said they developed it together with Morfik. Morfik just sent a press release, starting:"Morfik Will Pursue all Avenues to Protect its IP Rights". A major search engine development party (Goo…

Trackback by Web 2.0 — May 31, 2006

What? Are they under the illusion they’ve invented the first compiler ever? Lame.

Comment by carter — May 31, 2006

What about XML11, and the other companies/projects/products that compile to JS?

They are not Google, so maybe they’re not considered worth the trouble by Morfik?

After reading that press release, I still don’t have a clear view of what Morfik claims. Do they really think there’s code in GWT that belongs to them, or do they pretend to own the idea of translating Java (or whatever) into Javascript?

Comment by Gonzalo — May 31, 2006

‘value of mapping a high-level language to JavaScript ‘
What….. Javascript isn’t high-level enough?

Comment by paul — May 31, 2006

If XML11 can demonstrate they were doing it first, it would count as prior art and the patent won’t be granted. I think they might be able to argue that it’s novel converting from one high level language to another (even from one high level language to another higher level one) as most compilers go the other way. Depends whether or not anyone beat them to it. It must be pretty galling for them – they’ve invested years in their business and now a giant competitor have released a loss leading similar product for free.

Comment by John McClean — May 31, 2006

What about the Echo framework? The Echo 1 framework, which isn’t AJAX enabled, has been around for several years but does the same thing – you write Java code and it creates the HTML and Javascript for you.

Comment by Jeremy — May 31, 2006

@John McClean: Thems the breaks.
Even if they could get a patent for something as obsure as language translation (which they won’t be able to unless thay come up with a unique process for translating, which would still allow any other competitor to develop a different process), it means nothing unless you enforce it. That means going to court, against Google. Does anyone here honestly believe that Google will lose?

Comment by Dan — May 31, 2006

Haha, a company developing a mornic software is undercut by another company releasing the same idiotic software and then wants to protect it using a ridiculous patent system. Squabble over nothing, fools. The world never ceases to amuse.

Comment by Forsooth — May 31, 2006

Say we were talking about the MWT, the Microsoft Web Toolkit, instead. How many of you would still sing the same tune against Morfik and their rights to protect their IP if it were Microsoft they were up against instead of Google?

Comment by Michael — May 31, 2006

Some just can’t see the single 1, from all the 0s in Google. It could be even harder finding the intellectual 1, amongst so many ineffectual 0s.

Comment by Les Papier — May 31, 2006

Michael,
I absolutely would still be arguing that Morfik seemingly has very little IP here, regardless if its Google or M$.

Comment by Hubris Sonic — May 31, 2006

Here’s the problem as I see it. Morfik was first out. Morfik applied for a patent. It appears that nobody else did. What does the patent application say? I suspect their attorneys didn’t just come out and make a big scene for nothing. Of course if the USPTO doesn’t grant the patent then this is all for nothing, but if they do then what will you say – that they don’t deserve it?

Comment by Aardvark Face — May 31, 2006

>>I absolutely would still be arguing that Morfik seemingly has very little IP here, regardless if its Google or M$.

For the record, I agree with you. Just playing devil’s advocate. I loosely saw some correlations between this (if they have the IP) and other historical, internet-relevant events where the little guy was fervently defended. It seems in this case that the little guy is out of line if what Dietrich says is true.

Comment by Michael — June 6, 2006

Well considering the fact that a kid actually received a patent for a swing~ That shows you how our patent system is broken.
Check out~
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn2178

Comment by Uhyon Chung — July 13, 2006

Morfik as the owner of this ground-breaking innovation…..

everyone is out to capitalize anyway they can.

Comment by Richard — January 8, 2007

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