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Re: Patents



Hi Fred:

I think that your message is 27 days early :-).

73,

Woody
KJ4SO

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick M. Spinner" <fspinner@hotmail.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 11:52 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Patents


> Guys, I just found this a day or two ago.  I love it, I'm sure the
> group will too (off topic, but an EXCELLENT Diversion):
>
> Check out this patent.  Delphion will only show the first page for free,
but
> that is enough.  US Patent 5,443,036.
>
> http://www.delphion.com/details?pn=US05443036__
>
> Or this page for a trademark :-( (registered trademark of Despair, Inc.
All
> rights reserved) --->
>
> http://www.despair.com/demotivators/frownonthis.html
> http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=75502288
>
> If you are a bit of a sicko like me, the rest of Despair.com has
interesting
> stuff to offer as well...
>
> Fred
>
> >From: "Rick Fletcher" <rfletcher@plumdragon.com>
> >To: "KC7ZRU - Tate" <kc7zru@arrl.net>, <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
> >Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Garmin Rhino
> >Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 07:32:00 -0800
> >
> > > KC7ZRU wrote:
> > >
> > > Until that response indicates a patent is granted - it's just two
words
> > > and a 'dah'. Even then, with the prior art documentation, it'd be an
> > > easy target to shoot outta the sky.
> > >
> >
> >Easy, perhaps, but not inexpensive.  That's one reason why so many
> >companies
> >take advantage of the ignorant clerks at the USPTO.  I'll never forget an
> >incident which occured while I was working at Network General who makes a
> >very popular ethernet packet capture/decoder called the "Sniffer".
> >Naturally, it also time-stamped the packets it was capturing and, in
> >addition to correlating protocol requests with responses, would calculate
> >the time deltas associated with them.
> >
> >One day we received a letter from an attorney informing us that we were
> >infringing on his client's patent on calculating deltas between two
> >timestamps!  We checked, and sure enough, he had been granted just such a
> >patent (Talk about prior art!).  Our CEO was outraged and ordered legal
to
> >do whatever it took to overturn that patent.  A quarter of a million
> >dollars
> >later and we had only completed discovery and interrogatives.  This
shocked
> >our CEO.  When he asked how much more it would cost to take this fight to
> >its conclusion, he was informed it could easily total another $500K!  He
> >then asked how much the guy wanted for a "license".  The answer was
$150K.
> >We settled.
> >
> >There's a lot of scumbags out there profitting of our our USPTO's vast
> >technical ignorance and the high cost of litigation.
> >
> >73s,
> >
> >Rick
> >KG6IAL
> >
> >
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