Freetype and adobe patents question
ml at mindstormdevelopment.com
Tue Jan 26 12:25:33 MST 2010
>> go gadget google!
> So it looks like the problem patents were from Apple, not Adobe, so
> unless they have expired also, then no we cannot use the full byte-code
> interpreter hinting mechanism in freetype legally.
My bad - it was Apple - not Adobe. (Mental error when typing the
email). The patents mentioned in the link Stuart provided are the very
ones in question. I did google them the other day and found the page
that Stuart mentions, and several others like it - but all written
several years ago mentioning that the patents are in force. Patents
have a terms of 17 years I think - so the 3 key Apple patents (issued in
1989 and 1992) should have all expired by 2009 - ___I think___.
Since I couldn't find any definitive answer online I figured the greater
minds of the PLUG Collective might shed light on it. Does anybody know
about patents? After 17 years are they gone - like completely gone? No
chances that Apple might have got an "extension" or anything?
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