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"Jeff V. Merkey" wrote:
>
> Daniel Phillips wrote:
> >
> > "Jeff V. Merkey" wrote:
> > >
> > > > "Jeff V. Merkey" wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > The patent attorneys at Malinkrodt received the materials Daniel sent
> > > > > yesterday on the Tux 2 patents via courier and are working on the
> > > > > analysis. They said they would have something for us to post on LKML
> > > > > next week.
> > > >
> > > > I'll calm down and work on my magicpoint slides for now.
> > >
> > > I think you are ok based on our preliminary review, but the patent lawyers
> > > will go down each claim granted by the USPTO in related patents, and
> > > analyze them relative to your proposed methods.
> >
> > And if my method is OK, then is there a reason why we should not apply
> > for a "white hat" patent with a GPL-compatible licence? And if my
> > method is not only OK, but superior in every way, then aren't we
> > winning?
>
> Once you use the technique and it's documented as clear by a patent
> lawyer, it will be safe for you to use forever, particularly if it's
> in the public domain. This is winning....

This is good to know, but what I was talking about is taking it *out of
the closed source* domain. The idea is to take our best ideas out of
the closed source domain. After a few years of doing that, it's my
guess that the evil software patent system would keel over and die.

--
Daniel
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