RE: British Telecom: we own hyperlinking

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From: Jim Whitehead (
Date: Tue Jun 20 2000 - 15:50:41 PDT

Hmm, does prior art matter as much in the British patent system? I seem to
recall reading that they have a "first filed" type system.

Anyway, I hope they pursue this to the utmost of their abilities, since I
can see it only fostering the public's belief that software patents are bad.

Anyway, Douglas Engelbart's NLS system, dating from the mid-60's, should
provide sufficient prior art on this one:

- Jim

> Last week its lawyers sent out letters to the top Internet
> service providers
> in the United States, alerting them they'd best begin discussions for
> licensing the technology, referred to in BT's patent as "an information
> handling system in which information is derived from a computer
> at a remote
> point and transmitted via the public telephone network to terminal
> apparatus." Translated from patent speak, BT explained, that means
> "hyperlink"

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