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May 31, 2006

Morfik Claims Google Infriged Its Intellectual Property

Google has released this month Google Web Toolkit (GWT), a Java-to-JavaScript compiler useful for developing Ajax applications. Morfik is a company that has a similar product called Javascript Synthesis Technology (JST). Web 2.0 Explorer has a press release in which Morfik says:

"In October 2005 Morfik's JST was featured at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, California and immediately attracted the attention of leading search engine providers and software development organizations, including founders and top officers from some very large companies. In a number of instances, persons recognizing the potential in the JST innovation and its implications for their own organization's applications requested special more detailed presentations to their engineers or gained access to additional confidential information about JST.

Morfik as the owner of this ground-breaking innovation and technology is committed to protecting all of its rights, working closely with interested organizations to share its learning and innovations related to JST and to enter into appropriate licensing arrangements with such organizations to govern their use of JST."

Morfik seems to imply that Google ("leading search engine provider") stole their ideas, as they had access to confidential information about their compiler. Google has enough great engineers to develop products like that, and, most likely, they had to reuse a lot of code in their Ajax applications (Gmail, Calendar, Maps) so they decided to create a tool that makes writing the code easier.

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