The Nokia Patents and VP8 - Prior Art Hunting Time ~pj

Posted by henke54 on Mar 26, 2013 12:09 PM EDT
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It's time to do a little prior art searching, don't you think? Can you help? Nokia just disclosed a list of patents that it claims VP8, the video compression format used by the WebM Project, infringes, and the way they filled in the form, the list looks as long and scary as it could possibly look, and just as the IETF was trying to reach consensus on VP8. But when you break the Nokia list down, country by country and then by patent, it's not so impressive after all. As it turns out, there are just a few patents repeated over and over. I think it's short enough that we can sensibly try to find prior art.

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