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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2006 07:51:25 -0800
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Thank you very much, Bo. ... Very interesting, indeed.    (01)

(Can't do the attachment for the open lists, but) The 
online version of this "Knowledge management system and 
method" patent (US Patent  7,127,440 - Jeanblanc et 
al., October 24, 2006) is available at: 
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,127,440.PN.&OS=PN/7,127,440&RS=PN/7,127,440    (02)

It is well documented. I like the comprehensive lists 
of references cited too. In particular,    (03)

  o  application US2002/0073080 - " Method and 
apparatus for an information server" where the use of 
metadata in RDF and various agent processes are used - 
http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&p=1&S1=20020073080.PGNR.&OS=DN/20020073080&RS=DN/20020073080    (04)

&    (05)

  o  appllication US2002/0138590- " System method and 
article of manufacture for creating a virtual 
university experience" - see: 
http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220020138590%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20020138590&RS=DN/20020138590    (06)

Well, at least someone has pull all the pieces together 
and wrote it up very nicely. In my opinion, it would 
have been a good book, rather than a patent. I am 
surprised, though, that a patent like this could still 
be granted in October 2006 (despite that fact that they 
applied for it as early as Nov. 2001)! I am almost 
certain a few of us here (Bo yourself, at the least; 
myself too) have been practising these things for a 
long time ... not to mention, Doug Engelbart, who has 
evolved these ideas for at least four decades, wrote 
about them, and had both research results and 
implementations to show us throughout the years.    (07)

Thanks & regards.  =ppy
--    (08)

Brian (Bo) Newman wrote Fri, 03 Nov 2006 09:29:01 -0500:
> This hit the street last night -- Thought our COP might find it of interest
> United States Patent
>  Patent NO.: US 7,127,440 B2
>  Date of Patent: Oct. 24,2006
>  Inventors: Anne H. Jeanblanc, Galva, IL (US);
> James M. Coffey, Peoria, IL (US)
> Assignee: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, IL (US)
> A method is provided for establishing a community of practice including 
> a plurality of users, one or more experts, and one or more community of 
> practice managers. A need for a community of practice is identified. The 
> roles and responsibilities of participants in the community of practice 
> are identified. One or more goals are identified for the community of 
> practice based on the identified need. A plurality of the participants 
> in the community of practice collaborate to achieve the identified goals.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------    (09)

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