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 From:  "Jacob S. Barrett" <jbarrett at pogozone dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Acacia Internet Access Redirection
 Date:  Tue, 5 Oct 2004 20:00:17 -0700
Today I received an information packet from Acacia Technologies Group 
informing me that I was in volation of their patent on "IAR" [1].  IAR is a 
US Patent 6,226,677 [2].  That packet suggest that I must license their 
technology or face legal action.  Has anyone else received this same 
extortion letter?

The claims the the patent text lead me to believe they don't have much to 
stand on.  If I read the abstract and claim one correctly then it doesn't 
cover a system that doesn't change the destination address.  Any solution 
that uses the IPFW fwd [3] rule would not modify the destination address and 
therefore does not meet claim 1.  I'm I correct in my logic?

What are your takes on this matter?

References:
1) http://www.acaciatechnologies.com/technology_iar.htm
2) 
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,226,677.WKU.&OS=PN/6,226,677&RS=PN/6,226,677
3) 
http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=ipfw&apropos=0&sektion=0&manpath=FreeBSD+4.10-stable&format=html

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Jacob S. Barrett
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