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Inventions can use prior art, as long as they employ it in novel ways.
Other than what is disclosed by the inventor, determination of prior art
is up to fallible and overworked patent inspectors. It's unlikely they
will have any particular expertise in the networks area. So the real
"action" (should this patent be granted) will be in its enforcement
through the courts. This is why the article highlighted that "it is in
the hands of people who have the means and the business acumen to
enforce it properly."
Steven R. (Steve) Corman
Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
Arizona State University
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> Behalf Of Valdis
> Sent: Monday, December 01, 2003 10:14 AM
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> Subject: Re: NYTimes.com Article: Patents: Idea for Online
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> Interesting... with 40 years of social network software, I wonder how
> much 'prior art' is out there? Prior art is *not* restricted to prior
> > First, a person is not entitled to a patent if the invention was
> > "known or used by others in this country, or was patented or
> > in a printed publication in this or a foreign country" before the
> > of invention by the applicant for the patent. If, for example, an
> > invention is known or is being used by someone in the United States,
> > another person who makes the same invention at a later date may not
> > obtain a patent. Prior knowledge or use in a different country,
> > however, is not a bar to a patent application in the United States.
> > contrast, a prior patent or a printed publication anywhere in the
> > world will bar an applicant for patent in the United States if it
> > appeared before the date of the applicant's invention.
> The above is from:
> Stan Wasserman wrote:
> >> Subject: NYTimes.com Article: Patents: Idea for Online Networking
> >> Two Entrepreneurs Together
> >> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 08:08:38 -0500 (EST)
> >> By TERESA RIORDAN
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