Google is being accused of trying to patent a new compression technique reportedly invented by a Polish inventor, Ars Technica reports.
According to the report, Duda invented a system called the asymmetric numeral systems (ANS) a few years ago and put in the public domain for anyone to use for free. Since then, it has been used by big tech companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook to create some of their software.
However, Duda now alleges that Google is trying to patent his breakthrough. The claim gains credibility when one considers that European patenting authorities have sided with the Polish computer scientist in the case, but that hasn't stopped Google from trying to patent a variation of the ANS in the United States.
Speaking to Ars Technica, Google representatives warded off suggestions that the tech giant was attempting to patent somebody else's work. Although admitting that Duda's breakthrough was central to the theoretical concept that their software is based on, Google argues a theoretical concept isn't patentable. Google contends that it is trying to patent a specific application of Duda's theory that has been expounded by additional work by Google's engineers.
Duda expects Google to continue trying to patent what he argues is his work, but he doubts the tech company will give him the credit for it.
"We can hope for their goodwill; however, there are no guarantees," he said.