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Nick Wedd

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Feb 2, 2004, 6:50:31 PM2/2/04
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According to a US law firm, servers supporting on-line games, and in
particular rating systems, are in infringement of US patents granted in
1996.

See
http://lawgeek.typepad.com/lawgeek/2004/01/silly_internet__3.html
also
http://www.scwatch.net/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=16
http://www.asharewarelife.com/2004_01_25_archive.html

Nick
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Feb 3, 2004, 4:42:22 AM2/3/04
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Nick Wedd <ni...@maproom.co.uk> wrote:
> According to a US law firm, servers supporting on-line games,
> and in particular rating systems, are in infringement of US patents
> granted in 1996.
>
> See
> http://lawgeek.typepad.com/lawgeek/2004/01/silly_internet__3.html
> also
> http://www.scwatch.net/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=16
> http://www.asharewarelife.com/2004_01_25_archive.html


However the Game of "Nomic" preceeds the issuance of that
patent, which must therefore play second-fiddle to the concertmaster:

http://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~dcr24/Nomic/gamelist.html [ ... ]
"Nomic was invented by Peter Suber in 1980 and described by
Douglas Hofstadter in his "Metamagical Themas" column in
Scientific American in June 1982. It is a game about rule-making
and legislation. There are lots of initial rules and play consists
of proposing and voting on changes to those rules. It is designed
to be democratic, at least to start with."


More about "Imperial Nomic" to boot ...
http://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~dcr24/Nomic/nomic.html

Unofficial W.I.N.A. Headquarters
http://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~dcr24/Nomic/


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Stefano MacGregor

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Feb 3, 2004, 5:41:43 AM2/3/04
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Nick Wedd <ni...@maproom.co.uk> wrote in message news:<gTj7ZNlH...@maproom.demon.co.uk>...

> According to a US law firm, servers supporting on-line games, and in
> particular rating systems, are in infringement of US patents granted in
> 1996.

Such services were offered long before 1996, so he patented something
that many other people had already been doing. Such a patent will be
invalidated if he tries to enforce it.

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Stefano
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Ben Finney

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Feb 3, 2004, 7:07:31 AM2/3/04
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On 3 Feb 2004 02:41:43 -0800, Stefano MacGregor wrote:
> Nick Wedd <ni...@maproom.co.uk> wrote in message news:<gTj7ZNlH...@maproom.demon.co.uk>...
>> According to a US law firm, servers supporting on-line games, and in
>> particular rating systems, are in infringement of US patents granted
>> in 1996.
>
> Such services were offered long before 1996, so he patented something
> that many other people had already been doing. Such a patent will be
> invalidated if he tries to enforce it.

Only if the defendant has sufficient funds to pay for the trial process.
That the patent was granted at all is the problem.

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Feb 3, 2004, 5:47:21 PM2/3/04
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On 3 Feb 2004 02:41:43 -0800, esper...@yahoo.com (Stefano
MacGregor) wrote:

>Nick Wedd <ni...@maproom.co.uk> wrote in message news:<gTj7ZNlH...@maproom.demon.co.uk>...
>
>> According to a US law firm, servers supporting on-line games, and in
>> particular rating systems, are in infringement of US patents granted in
>> 1996.
>
>Such services were offered long before 1996, so he patented something
>that many other people had already been doing. Such a patent will be
>invalidated if he tries to enforce it.

Nonsense. Such patents are being granted and enforced routinely,
especially against defendants in other countries who can't afford to
defend themselves in US courts.

-- Roy L

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