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In 1999 the USPTO issued this RFC:


For those who might be interested in reading the comments (perhaps this should be a sidebar/link in this wiki page)

The responces:

Transcript of Public Hearing, June 28, 1999 (321 pages)
Transcript of Public Hearing, July 14, 1999 (182 pages)
Written Comments 1 - 11
  • 1. Todd L. Juneau
  • 2. David Boundy
  • 3.
  • 4. Timothy Rue
  • 5. Gideon Gimlan
  • 6. Arthur J. Hansmann
  • 7. Stan Katz
  • 8. Gene Scott
  • 9. Eric S. Raymond
  • 10. John Michael Williams
  • 11. Ian Murdock, Secretary, Open Source Intitiative (OSI)
Written Comments 12 - 21
  • 12. Thomas D. Rogerson, Ph.D., Esq., Patent Department, Rohm and Haas Company
  • 13. Leila Schneberger
  • 14. David M. Stemerick, Thomas D. Webster, Ph.D., Lilly
  • 15. Keith Kupferschmid, Intellectual Property Counsel, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
  • 16. Section of Intellectual Property Law, American Bar Association
  • 17. Bruce Lathrop, Business Attorney, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI)
  • 18. Joy L. Bryant, Director and President, Mark R. Buscher, Esq., Director and Vice-President, Joseph A. Marasco, Director, On behalf of: The National Association of Patent Practitioners
  • 19. Dr. David R. Huff
  • 20. Glenn M. Wiser, David R. Downs, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
  • 21. Andrew J. Anderson, Francis H. Boos, Pamela R. Crocker, Carol Kukurudza, James D. Leimbach, David A. Novais, Susan L. Parulski, Edith A. Rice, and Walter S. Stevens
Written Comments 22 - 29
  • 22. Margaret A. Boulware, President American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • 23. Exxon Chemical Company, Exxon Production Research Company, Exxon Research and Engineering Company
  • 24. Tipton D. Jennings, President, International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys, U.S. (FICPI-US)
  • 25. Frederick T. Boehm, Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property & Licensing, IBM
  • 26. Stephen D. Scanlon, Jones, Day Reavis & Pogue
  • 27. Dale R. Ritter
  • 28. John E. Beck, General Patent Counsel, The Document Company, Xerox
  • 29.Herbert C. Wamsley, Executive Director, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) (Supplements oral testimony presented on behalf of IPO by Charles Van Horn)
Comments Book (sent in, written comments)- Table of Contents (contains only the original list of above names)

One of the responces was given for two reasons. One being that I saw it as a genuine solution direction, and second, knowing the USPTO themselves would publish it, as another facet supporting the project NOT being patentable.

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