[nSLUG] QR code (Was: Date for Linuxfest)

Ted Tibbetts intuited at gmail.com
Mon Mar 22 22:35:44 ADT 2010

I suppose that's true as long as they don't decide to enforce it, or get
bought out by some other company that does.  Is there not a more reliable
way of ensuring that patentable technologies remain unrestricted?

On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 8:09 PM, Ben Armstrong
<synrg at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca>wrote:

>  On 22/03/10 05:10 PM, Ted Tibbetts wrote:
> There's also a package (in Ubuntu anyway) called libqrencode3, which
> according to the documentation for this ruby wrapper gem<http://github.com/harrisj/qrencoder>is based on the detailed spec at "
> http://www.denso-wave.com/qrcode/index-e.html".  They explain that "QR
> Code is open in the sense that the specification of QR Code is disclosed and
> that the patent right owned by Denso Wave is not exercised."  I'm not very
> knowledgeable on the legalities of patent enforcement on something like
> this; it seems to be a grey area.
> There's nothing grey here at all.  By taking out a patent but not enforcing
> it, they have increased the chances of broad adoption because now nobody
> else can take out a patent restricting people's use of it.  Used this way,
> it is actually a tool to *ensure* openness, and in no way provides an
> obstacle to entering Debian or Ubuntu.
> Ben
> _______________________________________________
> nSLUG mailing list
> nSLUG at nslug.ns.ca
> http://nslug.ns.ca/mailman/listinfo/nslug
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://nslug.ns.ca/mailman/private/nslug/attachments/20100322/5074df5a/attachment-0002.html>

More information about the nSLUG mailing list