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Where a new patent for BN is issued apparently authorizing

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Where a new patent for BN is issued apparently authorizing the owner of the first to use the similar technology NN with the first, 2 projections for virtually the same price, then with in your view would patent #1 block an inventor from patenting and or marketing that similar NN technology?

montysimmons :

hello, you there

Customer:

hi Monty thanks for your knowledeable input

montysimmons :

you are welcome

montysimmons :

I do not fully understand the question yet

montysimmons :

I have read it several times

Customer:

Lex Machina Site Definition: Web site, services, features, functionalities, etc., may be collectively referred to as “Lex Machina” or the “Lex Machina Services”.have a data base of 130,000 legal decisions and 6m datasets for dealing with patents a consortium of Apple Google IBM etc not positive.

Customer:

OK sorry maybe my own mental confusion. I have 3 patents my thinking has been that the end user is entitled to a text analysis of the probabilities using BN and NN and also a graphical display using DTS. My question is are there any proective teeth in #2 and #3?

Customer:

and my thinking is that there is no indication Lex Macina is using either BN or NN or DTS to deal witht he issues.

montysimmons :

give me a minute

Customer:

time is no problem

Customer:

Hi again

montysimmons :

hello, I am reading a little of the 3 patent NN again

Customer:

Thx. It was initially rejected but my patent attorney and I agreed to modify it to piggyback with the BN patent.

montysimmons :

yes, I saw that and the Examiner required a restriction I belive

montysimmons :

terminal disclaimer

montysimmons :

not a restrictin

Customer:

I think we proposed the restriction to overcome the rejection

montysimmons :

OK, I quickly reviewed the File wrapper, did not go too deep into the issues\

montysimmons :

that takes lost of time

montysimmons :

lots

montysimmons :

OK, could you ask your questions again

montysimmons :

perhaps reword the question

Customer:

Do you see a significant protective value re NN in #3?

montysimmons :

give me a few more minutes. I am reviewing the written description as to your definitions for BN and NN and the differences between the two.

Customer:

I assume you are of the view that there are hundreds of AI algorithms around: BN, NN, decision trees, support vector machines, k-nearest neighbors, evolutionary algorithms, fuzzy logic, rough sets, association rules, and all are building blocks that don't create an application by themselves – there is a need for heavy investment as AI cannot do everything by itself, like a magic.

montysimmons :

yes, lots of AI algorithms

Customer:

I guess my question is to what extent would my patents together cover AI algorithims in the legal decision making field using BN, NN and or DTS?

montysimmons :

OK, the claims of the third patent

montysimmons :

8,447,713

montysimmons :

seem basically the same as the claims for the first patent with the addition of the NN limitations

montysimmons :

if that a fair evaluation ?

montysimmons :

I am reading the disclosure on artifical neural network

montysimmons :

artifical

Customer:

sorry I do not understand your phrase the "addition of the NN limitations"

montysimmons :

Looking at Claim 1 for 8,306,936 (first patent) and 8,447,713 (third patent)

montysimmons :

as you noted, and based on my review, Claim one in the third patent simply adds the neural network requirement (i.e. limitations) to the claimed method.

Customer:

OK still confused by the term "limitation"

montysimmons :

I see

montysimmons :

that could have two meanings

montysimmons :

when one is considering the scope of a claim, any claimed feature that narrows the scope of a claim is a "limitation"

Customer:

OK so it is a permissive extension to some extent of the BN but what effect does that have, if any on NN copycats

montysimmons :

as in "limitation" to the claim's scope

montysimmons :

not a negative thing

Customer:

thx

montysimmons :

claims must contain "limitations" or they will not be valid

montysimmons :

the trick is to only have desired and necessary limitations

Customer:

OK I have finally grasped that concept

montysimmons :

so you asked "Do you see a significant protective value re NN in #3?"

montysimmons :

Answer: Only if patent one is found to be invalid because of prior art.

Customer:

So I guess it comes back as always to potential blocking of BN, NN and DTS copycats and whether I need additional non-provisionals

montysimmons :

restated, I believe claim 1 of patent 3 could have been a dependent claim to claim 1 of patent 1

Customer:

OK so if #1 is found to be invalid #3 still has some protective value with regard to NN argorithms

montysimmons :

with the necessary disclosure in the written description

montysimmons :

Yes

montysimmons :

claim 3 is basically a safety net

montysimmons :

I sorry

montysimmons :

patent 3

montysimmons :

for someone to infringe claim 1 of patent 3 they will also have to infringe claim 1 of patent 1

Customer:

OK you have me interested (as in need of higher education)

montysimmons :

I am speaking a little loosely here

Customer:

excellent, I appreciate that

montysimmons :

If you were to sue for infringement of patent 1 and patent 3

montysimmons :

claim 1 in both patents

Customer:

are the same

montysimmons :

and the accused infringer is held to have infringed claim 1 of patent 3

montysimmons :

such an infringer will also have infringed claim 1 of patent 1

montysimmons :

my opinion

montysimmons :

thus, why I say patent 3 is simply a safety net just in case someone comes up with some previously unknown to you prior art that invalidates claim 1 of patent 1 but not claim 1 of patent 3

montysimmons :

such is also the purpose of dependent claims

Customer:

any overall thoughts, I seem to be short of new questions at the moment- but my own observation is that a prototype is not brain surgery, although it is brain surgery momentarily with regard to crisis management patent evaluation mergers and acquisitions, in the high end legal sphere.

montysimmons :

If you get your system to work and and prove same, it would/will be valuable.

montysimmons :

If your algorithms provide accurate "answers" time after time you software would put lots of attorneys out of business

Customer:

Yes many thanks for your thoughts so far, I am sure I will have many more so long as you are available.

montysimmons :

I hope I have helped.

montysimmons :

I not sure I really give you that much value in the above answers.

Customer:

My thinking is that it is a fast forward for clients and attorneys that enables both to accomplish more and make more $$ at the same time.,

montysimmons :

Yes.

montysimmons :

it will be a good tool

montysimmons :

and there will still be a need to verify the answer is likely correct and in clear error

Customer:

Yes although there are still buggy makers and bugy whip makers int he legal field

Customer:

I hope to char wirth you again!

montysimmons :

yes, those jobs would go away

montysimmons :

you are welcome

montysimmons :

come back anytime.

Customer:

because they are not that valuable at least to the clients

Customer:

bye

montysimmons :

bye, have a good day.

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