[cryptography] ECDSA - patent free?

coderman coderman at gmail.com
Thu Nov 10 15:11:47 EST 2011


On Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 10:35 AM, Paul Hoffman <paul.hoffman at vpnc.org> wrote:
> ...
> How could that clarity possibly be achieved? Again, this is a serious question.


a. offer a bounty for successfully getting sued by Certicom or other
for infringing on EC patents. this would need to be sufficiently large
to offset perceived risk of damages in litigation.

b. encourage a sufficient adoption of various EC applications into
closed and open source products. the larger the crowd the stronger the
claim of clarity over scope of patent coverage.

c. defer judgement for a sufficient period of time to allow potential
action by patent holders to take place or be assumed not actionable.


... or wait for all relevant patents to expire. note that a sufficient
period of time may extend beyond expiration for some safe duration of
months/years.

 those excessively risk averse are taking path #2 it seems.



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