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paul at leyland.vispa.com
Tue Sep 13 10:08:13 CEST 2005
I have two addenda (intermingled in the text below) which should have
been in the original posting.
> The first thing to note is that the position varies by jurisdiction.
> However, most countries have signed up to the Geneva Convention and so
> the legal regimes are broadly similar in much of the world.
Addendum: The position also varies by geographical location if the
inventors have not filed their patents in particular jurisdictions. A
well-known historical example is RSA public key cryptography, patented
only in the USA. That particular patent has expired and anyone is free
to make, distribute and use the invention.
> Secondly, people are most certainly allowed to study the patent itself
> for the purposes of self-education. The justification of patent law is
> that it brings out into the open view inventions that would otherwise be
> kept as trade secrets. In return for public disclosure, the inventor is
> given a strictly limited monopoly on production of the invention.
Addendum: You are also permitted (in the absence of any additional
restrictive conditions agreed between you and the patent holder) to
study a properly licensed implementation of the invention.
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