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It came up in connection with another seemingly broad patent several years
ago, IIRC, that the authors of the patent application are obligated to
revise their application to reference claims of prior art that are reported
to them before the patent is awarded and jeopardize the validity of any
awarded patent if they fail to do so. IIRC, this applies only before the
patent is granted. Presumably the sites mentioned by Lauren Wood are aware
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lauren Wood" <email@example.com>
To: "XML Dev" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 9:12 AM
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.