This should tick off oldman… 😉
No. Hopewell does not claim all music violates their patent, just double-clicking a mouse. The act of double-clicking is like rhythm in music, “rhythm is simply the timing of the musical sounds and silences“. That’s stretching things a bit but it gets to the essence of the patent, conveying instructions from the user to the computer software by varying the interval between clicks. How anyone can imagine that this primitive functionality is an innovation when percussion has been a part of music for millenia is beyond me. It is just another example of the silliness of software-patents. Let’s hope there are some musicians on the jury. If music is not enough of a connection with prior art, we can look at pulse-width coding etc. Time is of the essence.