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June 22, 2017


"coded data as ineligible" "such operations should become eligible when applied to the production of images"

How do you split that particular hair? How are images not data? How is the abstract idea of sampling not stone obvious in ANY context?

All you are proposing is more arbitrary line-drawing as to what is "technical" in character.

This is an information patent, and information is 100% abstract, all the time. I'm against patents on information, but if we have to have them (and I can see a rational case for SOME information patents) than we need a clear bright line as to what is too abstract for patenting. There is one; an intuitive, repeatable, easy test. If the information is being consumed by a non-human, it's an eligible process. If the value of the information is found in its meaning to human beings, not an eligible process. In this case, machines are clearly the consumers of the encoding and, the method should be eligible on THAT basis.

But there should be a second basis to eligibility beyond adherence to a statutory category. If there is no no invention, obviousness cannot be evaluated. Without an invention, there is no PHOSITA. Only an invention can be found to be obvious or not obvious or anticipated.

Ideas that don't rise to the level of inventions are not inventions, and cannot be evaluated as inventions. If a threshold inquiry determines that there is simply nothing added by the inventor other than stating a desirable outcome or assembling well-known means to an easily foreseeable end, there is not even an invention to analyze, and the idea(s) are ineligible.

In this case, sampling is ancient and the benefits of sampling entirely foreseeable. if the algo has some novelty, there could be a patent there....

Otherwise, yea, how can we sustain MPEG patents at all?

@ Martin H Snyder

An image is a representation of a person or thing which is perceptible by a person in reflection or in emission.

Data is material in computer memory.

The skilled reader is perfectly aware of the difference. You do not need an Oxford or Harvard degree to know that.

Come to think of it there is a simple way to show the difference in the present context.

Suppose that you have burgled my house and I saw you leave. I could visit the local police station and using the FACES program there is a good chance that a likeness could be created.

A string of code data for the selected facial features could then be transmitted to a policeman having a tablet also loaded with FACES.

Nothing humanly recognizable would be produced by viewing the string of data. The policeman would be helpless to recognize you.

But if the data string were decoded and recognized at the tablet, the policeman would have a good likeness of you, would have a good chance of finding and arresting you, and you would then go to prison as richly deserved.

Your statement that this is an information patent and information is 100% abstract is what we in the UK refer to as bollocks. It is astonishing that a person of your background and knowledge should lend your name to such nonsense, even in this age of fake fact.

Mr. Snyder has ever refused to recognize that ALL utility, and especially utility in the legal world of patents, touches upon the utility "to meaning to human beings."

Try the converse: what out there that has NO meaning to human beings none-the-less has patentable utility?

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