[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?
-Ted

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
>
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