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From: Giovanni Piero Deretta (gpderetta_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-11-23 16:30:54

On Nov 23, 2007 9:48 PM, Rene Rivera <grafikrobot_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Only noticed this now...
> Sebastian Redl wrote:
> > Giovanni Piero Deretta wrote:
> >> [1] which in practice makes the patent useless, with the notable of
> >> exception of preventing others to patent the same idea.
> >>
> > The mere publication of the library does this, by virtue of being prior
> > art. The only advantage is that having a patent makes fighting the other
> > patent that much easier.
> And to clear up any confusion... One can't patent "ideas".

Wish it was true... Ideally you can't, in practice yes: isn't an
algorithm an idea?
Anyways, we are probably drifting off topic.


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