[Freegis-list] Public Geo Data: Patent problem with GeoGrid TOP50 Dornier Gmbh

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Sat Mar 13 17:24:30 CET 2004


On Sat, Mar 13, 2004 at 02:05:52AM +0100, Henrion Benjamin wrote:
> I'm writing to you because I want to have details regarding the patent
> problems you encontered with the TOP50 geo data format, patented by
> Dornier Gmbh, and used by the National Geo Institute to provide public
> maps on DE only on win32/proprietary software.

I think I do not quite understand your question.

You read the details at the FFII page you have cited.
Personally I did not inquire on the subject.
TOP50 is not Free Data anyway.

> This patents forbids to make a Free implementation so as to read their
> format.

This sounds like a question about what a patent can or cannot
forbid in principle. The FFII will know a lot more about it.

> Can you give more details?
> Here are some details:
> 
> http://swpat.ffii.org/brevets/effets/geogrid/index.fr.html
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