Ban Software Patents
These patents are bullshit.
On one side, you have an object model. On the other, you have a relational database. When programmers must bridge two different data models, we eventually write little code generators to help us automate the conversion and avoid mundane boilerplate code. In this case, the conversion is called ORM, or Object-Relational-Mapping. The concept is obvious, and is the kind of things programmers do all the time.
Unfortunately, people can patent these obvious ideas and sue each other, punishing companies and individuals who have the audacity to create successful products.
As far as I can tell, both of these patents cover the exact same technology. If the concept of ORM was unique — and it is not — there still shouldn’t be two patents for the exact same thing.
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