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  • #16
    I am not sure because I don't know this particular patent.
    But, it must be protecting something more specific than vector operations,
    because I am sure that patent office was aware of existing implementations.
    We would have to dissect the text of the patent the private thread if you'd like to.

    Originally posted by Svartalf View Post
    Then why would this patent be any different? All it is patenting is doing vector processing on a GPU, which, by definition, at the date the application was filed, was pretty obvious (libSH was produced in 2003...which was one of the first GPGPU type frameworks allowing for a lot more than rendering shaders to be developed- and it was only ONE of several around at the time.)

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    • #17
      I''m not an american, so I couldn't do it.
      But if I were, I should start patenting every crazy idea that I had, so I would probably cover many areas in computing.
      It should work as a protest against software patents.
      As I can see, US is becoming a place where only the monopolists giants can say what can be done and what can't.
      Patenting in software is a way to barrier software competition and you, americans, should fight against it.
      Patents are being confounded with copyrights.
      Everyone should be able to implement whatever the wish, as long as they don't copy.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by aznabaal View Post
        I am not sure because I don't know this particular patent.
        But, it must be protecting something more specific than vector operations,
        because I am sure that patent office was aware of existing implementations.
        You presume too much of the USPTO. Seriously.

        I have made a patent application to them in the past. The application was rejected on some of the most ludicrous grounds. If I had not ran out of funds, it'd probably would have been granted eventually.

        The application in question was a hybrid hardware/software solution and I was patenting the specific system configuration so as to not be overbroad and to NOT have an idiot software patent (Though nail down a pretty large range of implementations of a fairly secure SCADA solution...). The examiner HAD to have taken a bong hit before doing the work on my patent as they rejected it outright, claiming that several utterly irrelevant patents to mine that ALSO mentioned RPC as a component in the early claims anticipated my patent. My attorney, after a thorough explanation of what was wrong, had come to the conclusion they needed to lay the crack pipe down.

        I don't give them any benefit of the doubt on this stuff- they almost never get it right. Never.

        We would have to dissect the text of the patent the private thread if you'd like to.
        Indeed one would probably have to dissect the patent. However, based on the title of the application, the odds are pretty good it's an overbroad patent that should have never been given the time of day.

        However, I intend on doing a dissection of it here shortly to verify that statement as being accurate or not.

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        • #19
          Was this article pulled?

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          • #20
            This patent bullshit is not a surprise to me. What else would you all expect from the country where about 80% of all wealth is owned by a few?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by curaga View Post
              Was this article pulled?
              I'm thinking so. The link in my RSS feed is broken, the first post in the topic has a broken link that redirects to the front page, and I can't find it on the front page either.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by marek View Post
                This patent bullshit is not a surprise to me. What else would you all expect from the country where about 80% of all wealth is owned by a few?
                Throughout history, on average around 80% of the wealth has been in the hands of about 20% of the people. Which is hardly surprising, since the top 20% of the population by income should be expected to save a lot more than those who live from paycheck to paycheck. One of the best ways to make your country poor is to steal that wealth and give it to the poor so that the most productive no longer have any incentive to do anything useful.

                However, that assumes that the 20% are wealthy becasue they're productive and not because of government regulations that keep competitors out of their markets. I agree that patents are completely broken, at least in the software realm.

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