[vorbis-dev] patents and separate entropy coding

Segher Boessenkool segher at wanadoo.nl
Fri Dec 15 19:47:16 PST 2000

> This patent was originally filed April 17th 1989 in Germany.
> If anyone wants to find prior art, that's the date (i think).

Some 1987 as well. Oldest one I found (from FhG) was applied for in 1986.

> We can always defend against certain patents, but it would be nice to
> have a good offense tucked away in case FhG ever turned really ugly.
> How sweet would it be to have their claims refuted :)

What kind of offense do ou imagine? Making something better than
mp3/aac, and throw them off of their pedestal, would surely
offend them, but I think that's not what you mean...


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