... the quest for more money has.
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MB isnot MegaBit
universities are patent trolls now?
I have to wonder about the motivations behind this...
All of these patents apply to storing DNA information, from what I can gather (a generic database is not covered by this). To get a patent, you have to be SPECIFIC about your invention, whether it's a physical device, algorithm, or whatever. In short, a blanket "for loop" patent would be denied on the basis of it being trivial and generic. "Use of a for loop to calculate prime numbers" might be patentable since it's a specific unique usage for a specific application. But patents that are trivially obvious, or 'too generic' or 'too vague' shouldn't be granted, but apparently are granted anyway [I've seen a few].
These trivially obvious, generic, and/or vague patents are the ones the patent trolls EXPLOIT in order to extract money in the form of punitive damages and legal costs.
So after a short amount of overview on this, I'd say the university is IN THE WRONG, unless Micro-shaft and Oracle are *specifically* working on a DNA database and are blatantly violating their patent for some reason...
(which I doubt)
Re: universities are patent trolls now?
"To get a patent, you have to be SPECIFIC about your invention.."
Not in the US you don't.
Again a patent of the type...
... something more or less trivial done with a computer instead of humans?
US Patent No. 8,099,733
"The patterns and clusters enable the stored data to be partitioned into subsets of roughly equal size." " resulting in a database tree that is balanced, meaning that all paths or branches through the tree have roughly the same length"
Hmmmm.... sounds like IMS to me..... Do IBM know about this?