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Hi everyone. I put in a call to a friend of mine in the patent office.
He might be able to help us figure out the implications and a course of
action. I'll keep everyone posted.

Allen Tien wrote:
> The PTO unfortunately does grant patents without complete searches or
> knowledge of prior art, and perhaps one of their operating principles
> is that disputes can then be battled in court.  However that is costly
> and strongly biased in favor of corporations with lots of money.  One
> action that can be taken to help in this regard, and which is much
> easier than filing patents (which I agree that INSNA should also
> seriously consider), is to create an invention disclosure that
> documents the idea and the date of invention, since US patents are
> based upon date of invention rather than date of filing (as in Japan
> and elsewhere).  I attach an example of an invention disclosure
> (please feel free to use the form). The form should be signed and
> dated on each page by at least one and preferably several witnesses
> who are not relatives (pick younger people so they will,
> statistically, be around longer!).
> Allen
> =======================================
> Allen Y. Tien, MD, MHS
> President and Research Director
> Medical Decision Logic, Inc.
> 724 Dulaney Valley Road, Suite 2
> Towson, MD 21204
> &
> Clinical Associate Professor
> Department of Psychiatry
> West Virginia University
> Morgantown, WV
> web site address:
> tel: 410-828-8948 or 410-821-5618
> fax: 410-828-8948
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Elisa Jayne Bienenstock
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Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-289-5617
Fax: 703-289-5156

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