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: win 95
by jrincayc on Fri 15th Jul 2011 22:08 UTC in reply to "win 95"
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Well, more accurately things like WINE can re-implement windows 95 without it being likely there are patents. As Cody Evans mentioned Windows 95 itself is still copyrighted.

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RE[2]: win 95
by cb88 on Sat 16th Jul 2011 00:00 in reply to "RE: win 95"
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can't forget ReactOS even if it doesn't always work right it will probably work right before the 22 century ;)

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RE[3]: win 95
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 16th Jul 2011 15:26 in reply to "RE[2]: win 95"
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Well, HURD is getting close too, So I guess I can't discount the possibility of a working ReactOS.

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