Linked by jrincayc on Fri 15th Jul 2011 17:14 UTC
Legal Patent term calculation is complicated in the US because there are essentially two different systems and quite a few corner cases. Even with a list of patents, it can be tricky to determine when the patents are all expired. Since I am a computer programmer (and not a lawyer), I created a program to try and automate this. This paper discusses how patent term calculation works, and some results from a combination of hand and automatic term calculation for MP3, MPEG-2 and H.264.
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RE[3]: Ouch
by Luminair on Sat 16th Jul 2011 19:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ouch"
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I'm not sure patents make sense. I don't understand the logic of restricting ideas to a certain organization for an arbitrary time period. The whole thing seems kind of arbitrary.

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