Re: intellectual property

From: Phil Goetz (
Date: Sun Mar 06 2005 - 18:30:08 MST

> I'm not sure this is the right forum for this
> discussion, but these are some
> examples of things that are patentable: a genetic
> sequence (whether it
> exists in nature), an alloy for an electromagnet, a
> method of doing
> business, a mathematical algorithm, an artifact of
> software engineering
> (todo list anyone?), a sequence of exercises (yoga
> patent case) etc etc.

A genetic sequence is not patentable unless you can
describe the protein it forms and the function of
that protein.

> PS FFT is patented.

FFT was developed 40 years ago, and is routinely
used all over the world without any patent fees.
I've used it in my work.

- Phil

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