The patent itself is available online at
>Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 06:41:56 +0100
>From: "Craig R.P. Heath" <craig@sco.COM>
>Subject: Netscape SSL Patent
>I don't know how many people are aware of this, but Netscape have
>just been granted a patent on SSL - US Patent number 5,657,390.
>The patent is entitled "Secure socket layer application program
>apparatus and method", and the abstract is as follows (from the
>patents.uspto.gov web site):
>"A computer program product comprising: a computer useable medium
>having computer readable program code means embodied therein for
>encrypting and decrypting information transferred over a network
>between a client application program running in a client computer
>and a server application program running in a server computer,
>the computer readable program code means in the computer program
>product comprising: computer readable program code means for
>providing a socket application program interface to an application
>layer program; computer readable program code means for providing
>encrypted information to transport protocol layer services; computer
>readable program code means for encrypting information received from
>an application layer program; and computer readable program code
>means for decrypting information received from transport protocol
>Does anyone have a clue as to what they may be planning to do with it?
> - Craig Heath, SCO.
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