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Commercial use of Mosaic Creator?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 3:43 pm    Post subject: Commercial use of Mosaic Creator? Reply with quote

I wonder whether or not I can sell mosaic graphics created with Mosaic Creator in the US, Europe and the rest of the world when there is a patent http://photomosaic.com/rt/patent-index.html concerning this technique.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We used another algorithm as patented. There are more valid patents and they describe similar process. Result of processes is photographic mosaic. There are many ways how to create photographic mosaic and avoid patent infringement. As patent is 10 year old, it is very long time in computer graphics and most mosaic software use enhanced methods to render mosaic. There was published computer generated mosaics by other persons before patent owner invent, describe and patented his invented process. You can check previous works on wikipedia. This means, that there is not only one process how to create photographic mosaic.

In Europe are not valid software patents. Please check validity of noted patent in Europe. You can use results generated by Mosaic Creator commercially, but nobody can protect you is some patent owner try go to court.

Don't use term "photomosaic", because it is registered trademark of Runaway Technology, Inc.
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