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Who owns the intellectual property regarding the Connection Machine and other products from Thinking Machines? I believe the remnants were bought by Sun, so possibly Oracle, but does anyone know?

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    While the retrowizards ponder your question, here's some fun reading material about the hiring process at Thinking Machines: thedailywtf.com/articles/Thinking-Machines Jun 8, 2017 at 18:21
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    Once done reading the article that @traal pointed at, also make sure to check out at least the featured comments.
    – user
    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:46
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    Any patents they might have at the time of their bankruptcy in 1994 would have since expired. If the trademarks have also expired, like Michael Kohne said, then the only intellectual property left would be the copyrights on the software they created.
    – user722
    Jun 9, 2017 at 16:22
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    I worked at TMC at the time it declared bankruptcy. IIRC, Sun Microsystems acquired most of the assets and employees that were not retained by the restructured company (which went from being a hardware manufacturer to data mining software). Sun was later acquired by Oracle, so I suspect they own the patents.
    – Barmar
    Jul 20, 2017 at 14:44
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    There is no such thing as intellectual property
    – Jagger
    Jul 10, 2019 at 15:32

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