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A patent covers an application of an algorithm to a problem.  The definition of a 'problem' can be quite large.  For instance, there is a patent on using latent semantic indexing for information retrieval - ie: statistical method for text query matching.  This covers a lot of ground.  There is also a patent on the LSVM algorithm for 'classification', again quite broad.  I would not dismiss the issue on that grounds.


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From: Bienenstock Elisa [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 12:19 PM
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Subject: Re: Patents working group


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I remembered one more point my friend made: It is not possible to patent an algorithm. For that reason I am not sure that we have anything to worry about.

Guy Hagen wrote:
>
> I will offer to contribute as a participant in any working group on
> this topic.  Do we have anyone willing to take leadership? Guy
>
> On 12/2/03 3:16 AM, "Bill Richards" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Would any of you like to form a working group to investigate this
> > situation in more depth, to recommend what course of action is
> > appropriate, and, should INSNA
> > accept those recommendations, to assist in their implementation?
> >
> > I'd like to go one step at a time. First, determine whether action
> > needs to be taken; second, depending on the result of the first
> > step, recommend what action should be taken.
> >
> > Comments?  Suggestions?
> >
> > Any INSNA Legal Eagles out there?
> >
> > Bill

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