is there a place to contribute prior art?
Posted Feb 26, 2009 1:38 UTC (Thu) by stevenj
In reply to: is there a place to contribute prior art?
Parent article: Microsoft sues TomTom
Actually, if I remember correctly, in the US you can file up to a year after disclosing your invention in public, so one actually needs prior art before 9/10/1998 to be airtight. But one of the press articles I already quoted was from before that, and it seems clear that finding even earlier examples should not be difficult.
The really pathetic one is the Fortune article citing Microsoft on this topic from 7 September 1998, more than a year before they filed for the patent on their "invention"!
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