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USPTO's Choice of Framed Browsing Patent Prior Art

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So what troubled the USPTO enough to trigger a rare Director-ordered
reexam of SBC's Framed Browsing patents? Was it the prior art pointed
out by columnists Robert X. Cringely [1] and Dan Gillmor [2]? Nope.
According to USPTO documents, the decision was based solely upon one
figure [3] from an obscure 1992 IEEE article [4] on Seesoft ("A Tool
for Visualizing Line Oriented Software Statistics"). Is it good enough
to overturn the patents? Would a page from a 1994 IBM BookManager
Manual [5] have been more on-point?

Jul 20 '05 #1
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