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SQL Server developers face huge royalty bills. How many, how much?

By Drew Cullen

Posted: 20/02/2003 at 23:00 GMT

A Washington court ruling could see SQL Server developers liable for millions of dollars in licensing fees.

The judgment concerns a contract dispute between Timeline Inc. and Microsoft, over three patents relating to datamarts. In Microsoft's interpretration of its licence with Timeline, published in a press release in July 1999, "all users of Microsoft SQL Server 7, Office 2000 and other Microsoft products that utilize this type of technology are unencumbered by Timeline's patents."

Timeline disagreed.