Subject: Re: The term "intellectual property" considered useful
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 20:19:46 +0900

>>>>> "David" writes:

    David>     Using the recent Microsoft FAT Long File Name to Short
    David> File Name patent as an example.

    David>     Is the patent for the mathematical algorithm or
    David> transformation ? Or is it for feeding text names through
    David> the algorithm and then writing them onto a disk ?

If you want to discuss "what the patent is for", you need to present
the *claims* made by the patent.  Each claim establishes a context for
the use of the algorithm, and it is in that context that an exclusive
monopoly is granted.  There is no monopoly granted on use of the
algorithm outside of the contexts enumerated in the claims.

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