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Money from a faster data sort technique

October 25, 2010 at 01:24:36
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In the light of the world record for data sorting being broken recently.
If by chance you were to discover a data sorting technique that was faster than anything that had gone before. Could you make any money out of it? I.e. Receive royalties for its use within applications or sell its intellectual rights to the highest bidder? Or is this all just a bit of fun?

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October 25, 2010 at 02:28:25
If I invented it I'd make money.

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October 25, 2010 at 05:32:40
It would be possible to make money from it. But first you have to actually produce the method and prove that you were the originator. And be aware that this has been the subject of a great deal of research for a long time.

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October 25, 2010 at 06:34:35
I think you're right. The fact that it has been researched for a long time probably dilutes any original ideas in this field and the potential to make any money from it. You would probably encounter litigation as soon as you tried to copyright your method as someone is bound to have thought of something similar.Would you say that means that no-one is making any money in this field?

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October 25, 2010 at 07:33:57
I think there is little doubt that money has been made this way. This is due in part to the very questionable practice of patenting software techniques. The problem is that many of these patents are not based on anything original but can be found in 20 year old textbooks, in which the author made no claim the technique was original. Some organizations make money by buying the rights to a patent and sue any violators they find. Commercial software unknowingly contains many such violations. The time and cost of completely researching your software for possible violations would be prohibitively expensive.

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