[Coco] Re: JPEG
rtaylor at bayou.com
Sat May 8 14:35:36 EDT 2004
At 02:51 AM 5/8/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>Roger Taylor wrote:
> >the flip side to that would be that the JPEG
> >formula patent holders waited this long because they wanted to see just how
> >many thieves would profit from the stolen patent's formula.
>I hope you are joking :) I don't know of any inventor that would come
>up with something really cool, patent it, and just wait around and
>count how many people steal it and make dollars with it, unless the
>plan was for the lawsuit to begin with. But we are talking almost 20
>years here. Only the Japanese think that far ahead. In our culture
>you're lucky to have a 6-month plan. Nope, this was an unplanned
>afterthought. Just like SCO. Not making sales? Who can we sue?
Nope, it's not a joke. I'm convinced that there are hundreds, if not,
thousands of patent holders who do wait around and see how many people will
steal it before their lawsuit will be worth the hassle.
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