Re: Establishing Priority for Patents

From: Greg Kuperberg <greg_at_MATH.UCDAVIS.EDU>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 18:17:12 -0800

On Tue, Feb 13, 2001 at 08:04:45PM +0000, J Adrian Pickering wrote:
> Yes. You must file beforehand. You should also secure your data leading up
> to the filing also (in case of 'diligence' challenges). Self-archiving a
> preprint could be done provided it is encrypted. However, this is not
> necessary. File the *hash* of the preprint only. Then, there there is
> absolutely NO possibility of disclosure whatsoever.

I see. Well I have found a short proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, and
here is its cryptographic hash key:


And if the NSF gives me a grant I will reveal the document that led to
this key.

I have to agree with Stevan that this is not compatible with the purpose
of open scholarly archives. Maybe there should be an archive somewhere
of hash keys of good ideas. But not the arXiv or similar.
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Received on Wed Jan 03 2001 - 19:17:43 GMT

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