Re: [NTLK] Phoenix ala Newton? (rumor alert)

From: Mark (
Date: Tue Jun 17 2003 - 17:41:23 PDT

As someone who has been involved in a significant number of patent
filings, I can tell you that this is an old patent that has been renewed
at significant expense. The US did not start issuing unexamined patents
until about 2000. This patent dates back to 1995 (obviously, with a
picture of an MP1X0) and had to be abandoned and re-filed. If it were
just an original filing being prosecuted, it would not have been issued
now as an unexamined patent application as it would follow the rules from
when it was filed (only the fully issued patents were published then). As
such, it appears that there is a real, current reason for this to pop up
now. What they have up their sleeves, is anyone's guess.

Mark Ross
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>On dinsdag, jun 17, 2003, at 18:49 Europe/Amsterdam, Eric L. Strobel 
>> My thought (as stated in the other thread) is that Apple probably does 
>> a periodic internal audit of their IP portfolio and when they noticed 
>> this open issue, they took action to close it.
>Of course we all know how this works:
>Steve Jobs the control freak has his PDA beep at him with the message 
>'renew patent application 20030107606' and sends someone out to do it.
>Now the question bugging most people is: 'What PDA does Steve Jobs 
>Of course we all know ;-)
>Robert Benschop
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