> One thing you seem to be ignoring is that the patent
> never applied to use of the algorithm outside the USA and
> So it wont change anything for Baltimore unless you are an
> American customer.
>Which is a huge market that Baltimore and other Irish cryptography firms now
have much better access to? I would say that if you compare the numbers of
people using cryptography products in all countries, the US would come top of
the league. Especially now with the panic the tech correspondents are instilling
over Carnivore. This *has* to be a good thing. So it will have a *huge* affect
> People seem to get very upset at these algorithms getting
> patents, I think that in some cases they are deserved
> (though maybe with a shorter lifespan) and RSA is one of those
> cases, it took a lot to come up with that algorithm and they
> should be rewarded.
>I agree. But the US patent laws are unwieldy and overly-restrictive. The US
Patent Office is undermanned and overworked, and has a huge affect on
intellectual property worldwide. The system is screwed. It shouldn't be used
until it can work effectively. It's just stemming creativity and competition in
its current state.
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