The Jagiellonian University will demand the withdrawal of a patent application filed by Google in the US on a solution, developed by Dr. Jaroslaw Duda, an employee and lecturer of the university, told PAP the University's spokesman Adrian Ochalik.
On Friday, the private Radio ZET broadcaster reported about the issue, involving a patent application on Asymmetrical Numeral Systems coding (ANS), which allows data compression in computers and other electronic devices. Currently it is used by Apple, Facebook and Google. iPhones and Macintosh computers use ANS to register data.
Several years ago, Duda, a lecturer at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, posted his method on the Internet. "I'm a scientist. I didn't patent this method as I believe such concepts should be complimentary and accessible to everyone", Dr. Duda told PAP.
Duda added that since 2014 he had been communicating with Google via e-mail and a public forum - and helping the IT giant to adapt the ANS method for video file compression. "The patent application, filed in the USA, contains exactly the same concepts I wrote for Google. (...) I never meant anyone - including Google - to limit access to this solution by patenting it", underlined Dr. Duda. "I intend to file an objection with the US Patent and Trademark Office, he said.
The Jagiellonian University supports Duda. "We understand the original, idealistic intention of our employee, (...) who wanted the ANS coding method to remain accessible to the public free of charge. Therefore, filing the patent application with the American patent office without Dr. Duda's prior consent may be regarded as controversial both in business and ethical terms", the University's spokesperson Adrian Ochalik told PAP. "We will demand the withdrawal of the patent application by Google, as just like the code's author, we wouldn not like the access to be limited by any means", he added.
In 2016, an attempt to patent Duda'a solution was also made in Great Britain, however, the British court ruled that a free-of-charge online content could not be subject to a patent procedure. (PAP)