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Reply-To: "Geraldo Sazias"
From: "Geraldo Sazias"
Subject: Re: Overbroad Patent.
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Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 14:45:43 GMT
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"James Beck" wrote in message
> In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
> > 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.
It's just a waste of time, energy and (taxpayers) money to allow someone to
claim such a patent. The FTC should disallow such useless patents which will
get struck down by a court ruling anyway.
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