***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Skimming this granted patent I see a lot of “prior art” from work I have seen in SNA papers, presentations, in my work, and that of other social network analysts. Of course, none of the patent’s references are to any scholarly/serious work in this area. The screenshots look like many network data gathering forms I have seen others use. Reading the “Background of the Invention” sounds like it was true in the mid-1980s, but NOT today! Seems like they read an early edition of Rogers’ “Diffusion of Innovations” and then froze in time. Link to the full patent is here: http://1.usa.gov/1W4h3ji Valdis Krebs Orgnet, LLC Twitter/Skype: @orgnet http://orgnet.com http://thenetworkthinkers.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valdis_Krebs _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.