Re: Open letter to Linux kernel developers (was Re: Binary Drivers)

From: Bernd Petrovitsch
Date: Sun Dec 31 2006 - 07:42:34 EST

On Fri, 2006-12-22 at 12:59 +0100, Erik Mouw wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 21, 2006 at 01:16:15PM -0500, Valdis.Kletnieks@xxxxxx wrote:
> > At least nVidia *does* actually Get It, they just don't have a choice in
> > implementing it, because all their current hardware includes patents that
> > they licensed from other companies (I believe some of the OpenGL stuff that
> > originated at SGI and got bought by Microsoft is involved, but I have no
> > hard references for actual patent numbers). And then they have the big
> > problem - do they keep using the patent in order to boost performance,
> > or no?
> Wasn't the whole idea about patents that you publish your invention?

Of course.
But it is much better for the patent-interested parties if it wouldn't
be necessary (and said parties are actually complaining about the "must
publish" thing).
And the times are long gone when a patent was actually "publishing".
They use since ages there own secret language so
- the patent system as such doen not enforce "publisching" (except you
are one of speakers of "patent quak").
- that even the most trivial idea looks like it is very complicated.
- that even an already implemented idean looks like it is very new.

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