Subject: Re: IC's patent-pending technology
From: simo <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 20:19:35 -0400

On Mon, 2006-09-25 at 16:16 -0700, Thomas Lord wrote:
> The mere recollection of the "key concept" -- which isn't a very
> surprising concept in the slightest -- would be enough to streamline
> my work considerably.  And so now, assuming your patent is granted,
> I'm screwed.   I didn't learn anything I couldn't have figured out in
> a short amount of time but, should I use this knowledge, you've got a
> willful infringement claim against me.   I can't even practice this
> idea in GPL'ed code without risk!

Under patent law it doesn't matter if you are naive or willfully
infringing on a patent. That's what I find most disgusting about the
patent system, and yet there is no sane way to legislate so that you
have patents and still save the naive.