Re: Prerendering of GUI for voting machines

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Dec 03 2007 - 13:07:23 CST

> Yes, it is worthwhile saying where an idea came from. However,
> I do not believe that there was any malice in not citing the OVC
> demo, ....
I don't know if Fred is suggesting malice. I am not suggesting any malice.

> ... When the earlier invention
> is not adequately disclosed, it cannot serve as prior art in
> invalidating the patent. In our case, the feature of pre-rendering
> was not adequately disclosed.
I know you have served as an expert witness on patent infringement cases, so
you can speak to this with some authority. I don't know if your authority
would be enough to fill a beer mug with five-dollar bills, but let's suppose
it would.

I'm not so interested the patent issue. Actually, I am interested -- just
not that much. I am interested in the genealogy of ideas more than who gets
credit or who does not get credit. Maybe I should be more interested in the
patent issue since we are trying to enter the business world and people
there are interested in such things. Did Edison invent the light bulb? Not
really. He made one that could be sold.

Alan D.

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