Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Apr 2011 11:48 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Multimedia, AV And the fight continues. Only a few months after the desperate move by the MPEG-LA to get anyone - anyone - to submit patents to a possible WebM patent pool, Google and the WebM community have struck back. A whole slew of major companies have formed the WebM Community Cross-License initiative, basically a sort-of Open Invention Network for WebM.
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RE: Some patents might be legit.
by renox on Tue 26th Apr 2011 13:25 UTC in reply to "Some patents might be legit."
renox
Member since:
2005-07-06

Depends: here in Europe, we don't allow software patents (well we're supposed not to allow them at least).

So in Europe, all these software patents *are* ilegitimates and have no merit.

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JoeBuck Member since:
2006-01-11

Your information is out of date; a number of European countries have granted software patents, and at CeBIT in Germany, products have been seized that allegedly infringe on patents covering MP3, MP4, and digital video, despite the fact that those functions were implemented in software.

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Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

UK is still on the fence on it. We don’t officially recognise 'software patents', but we have had rulings in support of them, and against.

No judge has yet made the stand either side so precedence hasn’t Truely been set on the validity of the patent itself.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Your information is out of date; a number of European countries have granted software patents, and at CeBIT in Germany, products have been seized that allegedly infringe on patents covering MP3, MP4, and digital video, despite the fact that those functions were implemented in software.


I wonder what was the result of that scuffle? Because one judge ruled in favour, another against and one more in favour. But I couldn't find what was the result of it...

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