@gzt Sorry, what's the question?
@bgcarlisle To clarify: suppose you have some method and you could decide to try to patent it or try to publish a paper on it, what are the tradeoffs?
@bthall @gzt @bgcarlisle If you've published and have an implementation somewhere, I'm pretty sure that counts as "prior art" and would invalidate a subsequent patent by someone else, if it was basically identical to your work.
Note that I am not a lawyer and this does not constitute legal advice. It's just based on my layman's understanding after the copyright/free software/free culture scene for about 20 years.
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