[PeerToPatent Australia] Invitation
diep at xs4all.nl
Wed Dec 30 21:28:47 CET 2009
Maybe ship an email to the patent office that handled their request,
refer to patent number and the GMP library and sit and wait for a few
what feedback they ship you.
On Dec 17, 2009, at 11:31 AM, Torbjorn Granlund wrote:
> PeerToPatent Australia Team <no-reply at peertopatent.org.au> writes:
> Hewlett Packard has filed a patent application titled "Binary
> representation of number based on processor word size" which has
> similar algorithm as used by GNU GMP since version 2.0.2.
> If I understand what this means, GMP has used "the invention" since
> version 1.1, the first public release. Surely every bignum package
> before GMP used "the invention".
> I think it would be great if developers of GMP are able to come
> in and
> show us the relevance directly in order to prevent the granting of
> low-quality patents.
> What exactly would you like us to do?
> Is this an Australian patent, or is it a US patent?
> There are tens of thousands of truly silly software patents in the US.
> Large corporation and patent trolls alike patent obvious ideas and
> well-known ideas. I think the Free Software developers shouldn't
> themselves to get distracted by these corporate activities. The
> corporations have inexhaustible resources for patenting and re-
> ideas, and as long as our government collude, we might do best just to
> ignore the entire spectacle. But we should pressure governments into
> stop accepting software patents.
> In Europe we have a better situation since we have been able to thwart
> the corporations every time they have tried to coerce the EU and the
> governments into allowing software patents. At least two of the GMP
> developers have been quite active there, actually.
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