patent for AutoMARK issued on 25 July...

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Jul 29 2006 - 15:10:04 CDT

Patent 7,080,779 for a ballot marking device was issued to Eugene M.
Cummings of AutoMARK Technical Systems, LLC on 25 July 2006 (filed 11
Dec. 2003).

This will make it much more difficult for other vendors to develop
their own similar ballot marking device and could pose problems for
non-profit groups which might be developing ballot-marking devices or
devices based on similar architectures. I hope they are open to
licensing their technology, and hopefully at reduced royalties for
non-profit groups.

Here is the patent images turned into a 5.1MB PDF:
<http://josephhall.org/tmp/AutoMARK_patent_7080779.pdf>

Here is the patent's page on the USPTO's site:
<http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=%22Cummings%3B+Eugene%22.INNM.&OS=IN/%22Cummings;+Eugene%22&RS=IN/%22Cummings;+Eugene%22>
(or in a shorter URL: <http://tinyurl.com/ew7pv> )

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Joseph Lorenzo Hall
PhD Student, UC Berkeley, School of Information
<http://josephhall.org/>
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