RE: apple & firewire

From: ken ross (
Date: 2004-06-22 18:39:53

>>>>>> "CP" == cphillips  <> writes:
>CP> .. as happens with firewire (IEEE 1394) ports on DV cameras etc.
>CP> Something like 50c to a dollar per port goes to Apple IIRC.
>Yes, and they're paying to use a Trademarked logo (Apple owns
>"Firewire", Sony owns "iLink", i guess "IEEE1394" is free), as well as
>for the patents covering the technonolgy. Ironstone owns neither
>patents nor trademarks covering the ports.

the last report of a payment was 25 cents  but i thik it's been quietly
dropped  ?.
( as my 7300 can never use firewire  i'm not going worrying about the thing
anyway !)
here's a couple of items that seems to indicate it's free now ?

>Apple's FireWire logo adopted by Trade Association
>By Jim Dalrymple
>May 29, 2002 10:10 am
>The 1394 Trade Association today announced with Apple that the association
>would officially adopt Apple's FireWire trademark, logo and symbol as a
>brand identity for IEEE 1394.
>This is a no-fee license agreement between the TA and Apple. Apple has
>also given the association the right to sub-license the FireWire Trademark
>for use on products, packaging and promotion of the standard.
>August 7, 2002, 12:15 PM PDT By Ian Fried
>Staff Writer, CNET
>Aiming to spur adoption of FireWire in consumer electronics, Apple
>Computer said Wednesday that it will give away software that helps device
>makers add the high-speed port to their products.
>The decision to give away the technology comes as FireWire is facing
>increased competition from USB 2.0. Apple has also moved in recent weeks
>to offer a free license of the FireWire name to those who adopt the port,
>also known by its technical name IEEE 1394. The new version of USB offers
>roughly similar speeds as FireWire and is becoming a standard on new PCs.


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