***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** I would agree that INSNA should be proactive in this area. I recently discovered a series of patents on social networks that cover wireless computer systems that connect people through any degree of separation, genealogy, or by social similarity (US Patent# 6539232 and 6542749). The network concepts are incredibly basic, but I must admit I was very impressed by how thorough and well written these patents are, would not be surprised if they are INSNA members (if not they should be). -Keith Martina Morris wrote: > ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** > > It would be a very good idea for INSNA to do this. Patenting has also > shown up among social network analysts involved in management consulting. > You wouldn't think that network analytic strategies for improving > corporate culture would be patentable, but that's the claim. > > And we thought the physicists were imperialists... > > On Mon, 1 Dec 2003, Guy Hagen wrote: > > >>***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** >> >>To follow up on Stan Wasserman's post about the NYTimes article, I've pulled >>up the patent title and abstract referenced by the article. >> >>My original fear was that someone managed to patent published social network >>analysis algorithms or indices. Although this isn't the case, I still find >>it somewhat troubling - from the core claims as I understand them, the >>patent is for (a) a database of emails/communication, and (b) a method of >>making connections among database entities with a geodesic distance of 2+. >> >>Patents generally are not issued in cases where the technology is not >>replicable, are easily reverse engineered, based on technology known to the >>public, or are obvious /general knowledge. Would it be worthwhile for INSNA >>to send a letter to the US Patent Office offering expertise in what is "not >>obvious" regarding network science? "Obviousness" is apparently one of the >>trickiest issues that patent examiners face. >> >>Here's a good web primer for the subject of patent requirements: >>http://www.bitlaw.com/patent/requirements.html >> >>Regards >>Guy >> >> >>Title: Method and apparatus for constructing a networking database and >>system >> >>Abstract: >>A networking database containing a plurality of records for different >>individuals in which individuals are connected to one another in the >>database by defined relationships. Each individual has the opportunity to >>define the relationship which may be confirmed or denied. E-mail messaging >>and interactive communication between individuals and a database service >>provider provide a method of constructing the database. The method >>includes having a registered individual identify further individuals and >>define therewith a relationship. The further individuals then, in turn, >>establish their own defined relationships with still other individuals. >>The defined relationships are mutually defined. >> >>Link to online patent: >>http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/net >>ahtml/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=ptxt&s1=6175831.WKU.&OS=PN/617 >>5831&RS=PN/6175831 >> >>_____________________________________________________________________ >>SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social >>network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send >>an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line >>UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message. >> > > > **************************************************************** > Blumstein-Jordan Professor of Sociology and Statistics > Department of Sociology > Box 353340 > University of Washington > Seattle, WA 98195-3340 > > Office: (206) 685-3402 > Dept Office: (206) 543-5882 > Fax: (206) 543-2516 > > [log in to unmask] > http://faculty.washington.edu/morrism/ > > _____________________________________________________________________ > SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social > network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send > an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line > UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message. -- Keith N. Hampton, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Technology, Urban and Community Sociology Class of ‘43 Career Development Professorship Associate Housemaster, Sidney-Pacific Graduate Residence Department of Urban Studies and Planning Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 9-522 Cambridge, MA 02139 USA Email: [log in to unmask] Phone: (617) 258-0461 Fax: (617) 253-2654 Web: http://www.mysocialnetwork.net _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.