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Re: [ontolog-forum] Patent application for using a formal ontology in NL

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From: John Bottoms <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2010 16:03:47 -0400
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Ed,    (01)

We should also keep in mind that just having a patent, defensible or 
not, is often sufficient to obtain licensing commitment.    (02)

This recent experience can also serve us to be as open as we can with 
our developments, in order to establish prior art.    (03)

-John Bottoms
  Concord, MA    (04)

On 9/7/2010 12:09 PM, Ed Barkmeyer wrote:
> I have sought in vain to find anything in this patent that does not
> exist in prior art, either independently or in combination, in relation
> to natural language processing, or document indexing.  I can only
> assume, therefore, that the basis for granting the patent was:
>   (a) that there are no prior patents in the area (which may well be)
>   (b) that the ideas involved are not generally known or taught in
> academic texts in linguistics or library science or computer science
>   (c) that the terminology was sufficiently different to confuse the
> examiners about the equivalence of concepts.    (05)

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