[vdr] European Patent Office Grants Intel Patent On Digital Video Recording

André Weidemann Andre.Weidemann at web.de
Tue Jul 5 17:18:00 CEST 2005


Harald Milz wrote:
> Huh - 
> 
> http://wiki.ffii.org/SwpatVcrEn
> 
> Does that mean Intel now owns all digital video recording and storing
> techniques, as well as EPG??? What does that tell us about the clues of the
> European Patent Office? 
Nothing so far. Intel probaly was the first one to file this kind of patent.
Take a look at the date when it was filed (2001-01-18).
This is still about one year after the initial revision of VDR...
So there is the "right of prior use". If VDR has been doing what ever 
the patent claims to protect, then it will be difficult for Intel to 
enforce the patent against VDR.(...I think).

  André



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