|Wed, 11/09/2011 - 17:13 — Dickel||Tweet||
In US Patent N° 5,251,294 (now abondoned), filed February 7th 1990, M. Dan H. Abelow, inventor of the now famous Lodsys patents mentions the following:
"For example, France's Minitel system is installed in over a million homes. It is possible that new types of dial in services may become available in American businesses and homes"
In this ‘294 patent 2 dates are mentioned: 1) « Filed » February 7 1990 and « Date of Patent » the 5th of October 1993.
The Minitel service passed the million subscriber landmark in 1985.
See a User guide of the Minitel Service from 1991:
Call for archive search: (we are also looking for information on the Compuserve Information Service in the US. which we believe is relevant here. If you can help out (documentation, screenshots, articles), please get in touch. For now see this wonderful piece of history, a User Guide for Compuserve by Radioshack: user guide (See page 22, The Compuserve screen for Electronic mail dated 23rd March 1981)
Now going back to US Patent ‘078 (You can download the '078 patent here), here is the full analysis
First, please refer to the screenshot below on claim 1 of "the '078'
The matching analysis with the Minitel:
The Minitel as an online service matches the description of a unit of commodity.
A Minitel service uses a keyboard and screen display allpowing the user to interact locally, information being displayed on the screen djisplay and thereby triggering an interaction from the user, Ex: By Press on SEND to continue.
The Minitel includes a local memory capable of storing temporary data provided by the user before sending it via the network on a central server capable of storing commands from various users in different locations.
The communication element in a minitel service is a Modem. It is integrated in the Minitel device. The Modem provides a two-way communication channel between one (or more) servers and a ‘Videotext’ server based in a central location.
This component is called a software program, associated with a computer server. In the case of the Minitel service this component is capable of collecting and storing all interactions in a central location.
The term "Commodity" or the term "Unit of the commodity" can be replaced by "Minitel'.
Based on the full contents of Claim N°1 of patent '078 - from Lodsys, M. Dan H. Abelow does not indeed demonstrate any novelty, the Minitel dating back to before the first application date of patent ‘078 which is 1992.
We would like to demonstrate the same with the Compuserv example.
Please note that in the Lodsys package, Claim n° 1 of the '078 patent is mentioned in all screenshots of the slide deck received by GroupCamp
We now need the patent attorneys to jump in to make this take the form of eligible prior art.
You can submit screenshots scanned articles or other documentation relevant to Minitel (or its other related services Prestel and Videotel) and Compuserve Information Service.