[linux-elitists] Prior art search, anyone?

kmself@ix.netcom.com kmself@ix.netcom.com
Fri Dec 15 00:46:32 PST 2000


on Thu, Dec 14, 2000 at 10:15:55PM -0800, Don Marti (dmarti@zgp.org) wrote:
> If this doesn't convince people that software patents are a crock
> of shit, nothing will.  BT is suing Prodigy Communications Corp., of
> all people, over their bogus "hyperlink patent."
> 
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/15485.html
> 
> http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1004-200-4155134.html?tag=st.ne.1002.lthd
> 
> BT's lawyers? Kenyon & Kenyon, the same firm that sent out the CueCat
> letters. Can you say "took the short bus to law school", boys and girls?
> 
> Obviously, BT's quiet shakedown of the major ISPs has gone nowhere.
> Remember, they hired some "intellectual property licensing" firm to
> negotiate patent licenses...and which was louder, the doors slamming in
> their face, or the laughter, we'll probably never know.
> 
> Anyway, Prodigy being rather the small fish in all this, I think that
> people should volunteer to help them out.  Perhaps I'll do the open
> letter thing.

Greg Aharonian's been covering this in PATNEWS since June.  Attached.

The earliest prior art references I've heard of are those of Marshall
McLuhan, dating to the 1950s, with "Understanding the Media" and his
"Global Village".  Though I know of these only in a general sense.

E.g.: 

    http://hoshi.cic.sfu.ca/~guay/Paradigm/McLuhan.html 
    http://www.aber.ac.uk/education/Undgrad/ED10510/benmcl.html

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