In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Chris Ahlstrom
on Mon, 22 Dec 2008 07:37:17 -0500
> After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out
> this bit o' wisdom:
>> PATENT OFFICE GRANTS PUBPAT REQUEST TO REEXAMINE WIDELY ASSERTED PHOTOMOSAIC
>> PATENT: Government Finds 'Sunstantial Questions' Regarding Validity of Patent
>> Asserted Against Important Open Source Project
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| The Public Patent Foundation ("PUBPAT") announced today that the U.S. Patent
>>| and Trademark Office has granted its formal request to review a patent
>>| relating to photomosaics (large pictures made up of many smaller pictures)
>>| assigned to Mr. Robert Silvers, who has been aggressively asserting the
>>| patent against many individuals, small businesses, and even against an
>>| important open source software program (GIMP).
> The image mosaic plug-in for the GIMP is no longer supported or
> distributed. Mr. Robert Silvers, the holder of a patent related to the
> technology that was used in the plug-in, argued that the software would
> directly infringe his patent rights. It is not clear if the patent is
> applicable in this case. But I have neither the time, interest or money
> for legal action. So I complied with the cease and desist request.
> PHOTOMOSAIC® is a registered trademark of Runaway Technology, Inc. The
> photomosaic process is patented (US Patent No. 6,137,498) and protected
> by the patent, copyright, and other intellectual property laws of the
> United States and other major countries.
In the same way a gun, automobile, or screwdriver does.
Blame not the tool for society's failings, even if one
can use any one of the above as a deadly weapon.
Granted, one can ask the logical question as to whether
patents are serving their intended purpose: to allow
the holder thereof to set up their business before someone
duplicates or independently rediscovers the patent.
"Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of
elderberries!" - Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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