Arebentisch: Amicus letter of Donald E. Knuth
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Date: 18 May 2009 07:45
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Dear Ms Brimelow, A friend in Europe just told me that you are interested in “amicus curie” letters to explain why so many computer scientists around the world have long been alarmed about patent trends, and that you hope to receive them by 30 April. I hope this letter reaches you in time; I could not send it by FedEx, having no complete address. Enclosed is a copy of a letter that I wrote to the US Patent Commissioner in 1994; I believe it is self explanatory- Also enclosed is the transcript of a talk I gave at the Technical University of Munich in 2001, where I gave a somewhat more nuanced view of extremely unusual cases in which algorithms or even mathematical constants might conceivably be patentable in my view. IThe latter remarks occur near the end of a rather long lecture; I have highlighted the relevant information, on page 324, for your convenience.
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