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[2]: Comment by static666
by madcrow on Sun 17th Jul 2011 18:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by static666"
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The only standards body that seems to care about creating freely-implementable standards is the W3C. Most other bodies either don't care about patents or even prefer patentable solutions. The ISO is among the worst offenders in this area.

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