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DICOM Cube, based on Linux, patent pending?

Mar 24, 1999, 11:51 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Laws McCullough)

Laws McCullough writes:

Hello,

I was doing some browsing around on some stuff in the linux arena and stumbled on to this URL:

http://www.medweb.com/html/dicom_cube.html

It struck me that this was a Cobalt Cube (based on *Linux*) with some sort of DICOM 3.0 standard (used in medial imaging and related services) software pieces added in on top of the standard Cobalt Cube. It also looks like maybe there are some other "plug-ins" that this company adds in as well.

What struck me, though, was that by the name "DICOM Cube" was "pat pending"! Huh!?!?!

Can something based on Linux and an open, published standard be patented? I searched the IBM and USPTO patent databases but they only cover issued patents (as far as I can tell). Where would one find out the details of patent applications?

What scares me is whether or not this company is trying to say that using DICOM standard (or any standard for that matter) on a Linux box is patentable by them! I have asked a friend and it is his understanding that DICOM has been implemented on a Linux platform as far back as 1994 (by groups like UC Davis, CTN, and OFFIS in Germany).

What gives here? Does anyone else find this somewhat questionable? In looking around DejaNews and other places, I saw no references to this being discussed, some I wanted to put it forth here. Hopefully, this will also bring this topic in general to the forefront!

Thanks,

Laws