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From: James Beck
Subject: Re: Overbroad Patent.
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 10:16:24 -0400
Organization: RKS, Inc.
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In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
> Please refer to US Patent 20020067282 issued June 6, 2002.
> Communications system for the disabled.
> The way I read it the patent says there are many assistive devices
> that are directly wired for control and can therefore be wired for
> remote control too. The patentees claim that any form of remote
> control is covered by their patent if used to by a disabled person to
> control any device useful to the disabled. These forms of wireless
> links include radio frequency transmission, infrared, sound,
> Bluetooth, and they even claim that any standard protocol used in any
> form of wireless transmission. If someone uses or modifies a cellular
> telephone, a PDA, a PC or any other platform to operate an assistive
> device they have a patent protection for the idea.
> Please tell me something is very screwed up here.
You can get a patent issued for almost anything you can think of. I
saw a patent where a guy patented a cat entertainment device that emitted
a beam of coherent light that amused the cat so that when manipulated the
cat would chase this beam of coherent light.....in other words he
patented a laser pointer as a cat entertainment device. The BIG trick is
getting anything to hold up in a court of law. The two biggies to beat
are prior art and trivial or obvious to someone versed in the field. We
were warned by a competitor that we may be in violation of one of their
patents. By law they must inform and enforce EVERY possible violation or
the patent is null and void. When the papers arrived from the suit (read
attorney) what the guy had patented was a bunch of "black boxes" that
performed certain tasks. No info on how those little black boxes worked,
or even that they have ever worked. Not even a basic schematic or flow
chart of operation. How he got the patent was just a matter of money and
time. After a few phone calls and further examination of his paper work
we determined that he had in fact patented a switch box. Very similar to
what you would buy to manually swap printers or serial devices. The rest
of the "system" was off the shelf components that did nothing special.
We wrote a formal opinion of the patent and filed it with our suit and
had it sent off to his suit. That was two years ago.
I am just trying to recall some stats I heard a while back....the
average patent requires 12 million dollars to properly and diligently
enforce. That means if you have a million dollar idea you are already 11
million in the hole.
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