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[Savannah-help-public] [sr #105278] Is Unisys GIF patent expired?

From: Wei Mingzhi
Subject: [Savannah-help-public] [sr #105278] Is Unisys GIF patent expired?
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 15:51:54 +0800
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                 Summary: Is Unisys GIF patent expired?
                 Project: Savannah Administration
            Submitted by: Whistler
            Submitted on: Tuesday 04/04/06 at 15:51
                Category: Savannah website
                Priority: 5 - Normal
                Severity: 2 - Minor
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
        Originator Email: whistler at openoffice dot org
        Operating System: None
             Open/Closed: Open



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We were able to search the patent databases of the USA, Canada, Japan, and
the European Union. The Unisys patent expired on 20 June 2003 in the USA, in
Europe it expired on 18 June 2004, in Japan patent expired on 20 June 2004
and in Canada it expired on 7 July 2004. The U.S. IBM patent expires 11
August 2006, (we are still searching the databases of other countries).

...and I don't think it's still necessary to restrict gif files, because it
seems to have expired for years.


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