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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

WTF???

Apparently a company called the Health Discovery Corporation (HDC) owns patents on applying SVMs to biological data and has sued companies that have violated that patent.

HDC holds a large patent portfolio protecting the use of support vector machines in bioinformatics applications.

Searching the patent database, it looks like the relevant one may be
#7062384, but I don't know if in fact that's the one mentioned in the article.

HDC's scientific advisory board includes Vladimir Vapnik, one of the main inventors of the technology, so maybe they do have a moral (in addition to legal) claim on the technology, but it still just feels wrong.

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