Re: 3V's "numerous patents"

Ka-Ping Yee (
Mon, 28 Jun 1999 10:34:25 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 28 Jun 1999, Robert S. Thau wrote:
> The problem, in general, is that the PTO seems to have a remarkable
> blindness towards prior art in the whole area of software. I've heard
> all sorts of people suggest that it would be a good idea for someone
> to try to put together an independant prior art database, but so far,
> I'm not aware of any efforts along those lines which have actually
> resulted in something comprehensive enough to be really useful.

Hmm. It would be nice if there were such a database. One rather
showy demo of Crit that we like to give is to go to the IBM patent
database and mark up a patent with a description and references to
the prior art.

-- ?!ng