US patents expire 20 years after they are filed, not issued so...
Texture compression patent expires on 2017 and floating point texture patent on 2018. Wonder if they have more patents in their portfolio that could harm implementing a free OpenGL-like API. ^^
Oh, sorry. Well, it expires on 2018 anyway.
Lemme rephrase the question: can you guys think of any patents owned by any companies still that are likely to become problems in the long run?
Ho hum, it's been mentioned before that it's probably better not to go looking for this stuff. Plausible deniability and all that I guess?
I think patents have lost nothing in an open standard, like openGL. Whats the point of OpenGL if its not open?