Carl S. Gutekunst wrote:
John Levine wrote:
Well, this is sad:
V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai: Inventor of e-mail honored by Smithsonian
It's more just strange. Looking at the article and the pictures that
go with it, can anyone figure out what it was he was doing?
EMAIL is the name of the software package he wrote while in High School.
He holds the patent for Auto-reply, among other things.
Which is frivilous and really silly because RBM (Rule Based Messaging)
was patented technology a long time go and probably around the time
where the new TIMELINE was instituted where PRIOR ART was thrown own
by these silly software method patents.
Just look at this way, his patent claims the idea for VACATION replies
and mail filters using flexible rules you can create that include
using body words triggers or more importantly long time CMS technology
and help desk methods that 100% are based on body context. That is
just a few.
His patent is a prime example of the ills of the new Timelines in
Software-Method Patents that essentials allows the ignorance of prior
art for applying and when contested, allows him to simpler add
reference to it in a patent update.
But he has no power to enforce it on people who can prove prior art
implementation and thus why I don't worry about this silly crap.