[theora-dev] Re: [libdv-dev] DV format patent status

Arc Riley arc at xiph.org
Tue Feb 10 11:14:15 PST 2004

On Tue, Feb 10, 2004 at 11:11:41AM -0800, Jay Sprenkle wrote:
> >   SMPTE 314M doesn't say a word about any patents,
> > which means that IEC
> >   spec is your only option to find the truth, but on
> > the other hand
> >   something's telling me that it won't tell you
> > anything about patents either.
> Wouldn't the patent office be THE source for
> patent information? Failing to find anything in
> a secondary source doesn't seem to prove much
> should there be legal hassles later.

I may be wrong, but don't most standards bodies require that members 
disclose any patents they hold in the standards docs?  Panasonic is part 
of the consortium that put together DV in the first place, so.....

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