Shouldn't it the law require any patent owner or licensing body to specify which of their patents apply to a given process? That's consonant, after all, with the aim “[t]o Promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts”: not implementing something because you're unsure of the patent coverage is retarding that Progress.
Then, if you ask MPEG LA what are the patents on VP8, and they don't enumerate them, they would be prohibited from bringing suit under any patent. This includes ones not issued, because if you thought of it before learning of it from the patent office, then obviously the idea is insufficiently un-obvious.
Well, I can dream, can't I?
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