US Patent 5,603,031.

I Find Karma (
Tue, 27 May 97 12:30:28 PDT

JoeK's right, it looks like General Magic owns agents, and/or
any other "system and method for distributed computation based
upon the movement, execution, and interaction of processes in
a network." This doesn't bode well...

> From Mon May 26 10:41:41 1997
> Subject: general magic has just been granted a comprehensive patent on
> agent technology
> see for more information.
> basically, it looks like they have covered everything and are now
> rubbing it in.
> joe


A free agent is anything but.