[PeerToPatent Australia] Invitation

Vincent Diepeveen 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  
> very
>   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  
> allow
> themselves to get distracted by these corporate activities.  The
> corporations have inexhaustible resources for patenting and re- 
> patenting
> 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.
> -- 
> Torbjörn
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