19 May '17, 12am

Bitmain May Be Infringing on the AsicBoost Patent After All

The AsicBoost controversy has added another chapter to its book. Yesterday, law firm Getech Law published an open letter , which was subsequently confirmed to be legitimate by Timo Hanke, the initial submitter of the AsicBoost patent application. In the open letter, the law firm states that several chip producers and sellers are infringing on the intellectual property derived from the pending AsicBoost patent. As such, these companies should “cease production and sales activities of any products in connection to the pending patent application.” While the letter does not state it explicitly, and Getech Law preferred not to name specific companies when asked by Bitcoin Magazine , the open letter seems to refer to recent revelations of Bitmain ’s implementation of AsicBoost in their specialized Bitcoin mining (ASIC) chips. Indeed, if the letter’s claims hold up, Bitcoin’s big...

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