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   RE: [xml-dev] patent application (MSFT)

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Thanks Lauren.  Those who are very concerned 
may wish to explore how one submits to the 
site, the form of the submission, what documentation 
is required, and so on.

I consider a service such as this to be a positive 
step for the web, indeed the world community given 
the problems of the USPTO.  I think one can assume 
that the patent officers try hard to do good work, 
and as a friend of mine there explained to me, "we 
are understaffed and overwhelmed".  Perhaps, it is 
also the case that those submitting patents will 
benefit from this in their own due diligence.

Not to be too cliched, but it is really the case 
that an informed and active public community is 
the key to liberty.  Then it is a matter of the 
empowering tools of expression with an understanding 
that the same tools with which we express ourselves 
are the mirrors in which we are watched.  I find in these 
times, I am thinking of that more and more.


-----Original Message-----
From: Lauren Wood [mailto:lauren@textuality.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 11:13 AM
To: XML Dev
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] patent application (MSFT)

There's a site, IP.com, which claims to publish prior art for the 
benefit of patent offices worldwide, and to "have relations with 
various patent offices in order to allow them easier access to our 
data". They claim the USPTO is a subscriber, as well as various other
organisations. Mind you, it only helps for those things that were 
published with them early enough. 

I had heard of some other web site collecting prior art but can't 
find the URL. 


On 11 Feb 2003 at 9:23, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> Understood.  I'm not sure how one goes about 
> influencing a patent application.
> len

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