[Mesa-dev] [PATCH 0/6] ARB_texture_float

David Lamparter equinox at diac24.net
Fri Apr 1 07:41:49 PDT 2011

On Fri, Apr 01, 2011 at 03:56:58PM +0200, Marek Olšák wrote:
> This is the same strategy the FreeType project had. If Linux
> distributors want ARB_texture_float (e.g. to get OpenGL 3), they
> should obtain the patent or find any other legal way around it,

As an user, I wholeheartedly agree. Also, I was not able to find any
patents with a similar name from a patent office other than the USPTO,
so it seems this would be a regional restriction.

Even funnier, SGI seems to have patented the same thing* twice with the
USPTO. (That certainly makes a statement about the USPTO, but it
probably doesn't have much legal effect, does it...)

(* the abstract is identical word by word, didn't read on after that)


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