its me again, who originally started this discussion. I have monitored Helmut Dersch's german website (the author of the open source ptviewer which Panoweaver uses as default viewer) and his (and his lawyer's I assume) view is that *the_enemy* has up to now never succeded in proving hat they own a patent in germany.
It's my opinion that there is not a big risk involved by publishing Panos that are stiched with Panoweaver. But that's MY opinion, not yours.
But I don't get it that we don't hear a word about this issue from the makers of Panoweaver. I thought you lived in the land of free speech. Not very professional, hm?
When there is only the slightest chance of getting sued by using your software, do you think you will get professional users? But maybe Panoweaver is targetet at the home user market.
Thats interesting because IPIX lost to Oxaal Ford recently in a law suit. IPIX had to get a NON exclusive license from Ford to continue to sell their product. I and others would be interested for no other reason but as a future reference, in your source information regarding the German patent.
Thanks in advance.
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If you type in "ipix germany patent" in yahoo, you'll get a list of sites.
This is weird though, so bear with me:
CLick on the "panoguide.com - Panoweaver v2.0"
In the yahoo descrition of the link, it says "If you live in a country in which iPIX has registered a patent for this technique (this includes the USA, Germany and many other countries) you should not use ... "
but if you to the page, you can't find the text on the site. It used to be there, but is now gone.