Will Infamous JPEG Patent Get A Re-Exam?

from the about-time dept

We've already talked about how Ray Niro, a well-known patent attorney, has been filing lawsuits over a patent he claims covers any website with a JPEG image. He's been known to particularly target his critics. It appears that all of the attention this patent has generated, has resulted in at least one party filing with the Patent Office to request a re-exam of the patent. While the patent has already gone through a re-exam in the past, and only this one claim survived, it would be nice to get it completely rejected.
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  1. identicon
    Iron Chef, 1 Feb 2008 @ 1:36pm

    Rambling about lean systems

    I'm not so sure that a simple re-exam this is the right answer. The issues with the USPTO run much further as shared by Mike in a previous post.

    Too many things changed recently. Less than five years ago, companies had the idea of "You need to replace your product before someone else does" and the idea of patenting processes was something of an afterthought. This was why we had new OSs released every few years, why companies decided to "Take a Swing" and try new concepts in their stores.

    So until recently, 7-11 used to have frozen coffee machines in many of their stores. Today, I miss the convenience of getting a faux frappuchino from 7-11 when I wanted one. I don't know the details, but maybe someone in legal got involved and as a result, 7-11 stopped selling frozen coffee drinks.

    What happened last summer explains a few things- Starbucks announced weaker earnings due to "increased demand for frozen drinks".

    In short, the market was artifically restrained under the auspice of copyright/patent law, and the business failed to accominidate future demand.


    Now, don't get me wrong, I love Starbucks. I even started planning on leaving for work 20 minutes early to get through the drive-thru line. But these efforts for getting a cup of Joe became especially apparent when I was stuck in a drive-thru line and had to pull out the laptop and lookup conference call information for a meeting with D-levels while I was stuck in a line for coffee.

    So I learned from this negative experience and decided to start making my own.


    Today this idea of constraint seems to be the exception, rather than the practice. When will lean, customer-driven systems become the answer rather than the exception? A lot can be learned from the Toyota Production System.

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