IDEA patent vs the recent USPTO memorandum
dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Wed Sep 16 22:07:56 CEST 2009
On Sep 16, 2009, at 1:56 PM, M.B.Jr. wrote:
> Hi list,
> I've recently had access to this document, written by the "United
> States Patent and Trademark Office" (USPTO) which basically tries to
> ban software patents.
> The memorandum is here:
> the case is,
> I'm really interested in reading your opinions of what this could mean
> to optional OpenPGP ciphers like IDEA.
Whether this means IDEA is okay or not patent-wise, I have a slightly
different take on this: who cares about IDEA at this point? IDEA was
good back in the 90s and PGP 2.x. It's 2009 now, and we have better
ciphers than IDEA, a massive installed software base that doesn't use
IDEA, and nobody is suffering for the lack of IDEA. If IDEA was
suddenly not patented, none of this would change.
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