BACnet and Software Patents

I attended the BACnet Committee and working group meetings in November, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia.  During the MS/TP working group meeting, it was disclosed that KMC had applied for a patent which invents automatic MAC addressing for MS/TP devices.  It was surprising and disappointing to me, since the BACnet MS/TP working group had been working on standardizing several mechanisms to allow automatic MAC addressing since early 2008.

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4 Responses to BACnet and Software Patents

  1. BK says:

    Hi Steve,
    I recently received an American Standard Air Conditioning AccuLink system and have become interested / motivated to better understand the protocol. Can you point me in the right direction? It’s a two wire interface. Ideally, I could envision an ARM based micro-controller communicating with the thermostat,.

    Best Regards,
    Brent

  2. skarg says:

    Hi Brent,

    Not sure what protocol the AccuLink system is using. If it is using BACnet – I can help. Otherwise – you might have good luck calling American Standard and talking to one of their engineers who knows their protocols.

    Best Regards,

    Steve

  3. Jim Butler says:

    Companies obtain patents for a variety of reasons, and I don’t know why KMC decided to apply for this particular patent. If the BACnet committee is serious about standardizing an automatic address assignment mechanism for MS/TP, then the BACnet committee should discuss possible licensing terms for this patent with KMC. We should not assume that the patent was obtained in order to impede the development of a standard mechanism.

  4. skarg says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Jim!

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