SOURCE: IP.com, Inc.

July 10, 2006 10:00 ET

IP.com Launches a Powerful Web Service for the Publication of Product and Service Manuals as Prior Art to Defeat Overly Broad Patents

BUFFALO, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 10, 2006 -- IP.com, the world's leading repository for defensive publications and one of the most important prior art search destinations for worldwide patent examiners, today announced the formal launch of its Product Manual Publishing Program so that worldwide patent examiners can finally access this rich source of prior art as part of their typical patentability searches.

Since 2000, IP.com has been pioneering the battle against overly broad patents. Every day the world's most innovative companies publish their non-patented technology in the IP.com Prior Art Database. These disclosures are then freely searched by patent examiners from around the world to prevent overly broad patents from issuing.

In 2004, IP.com began offering special publishing rates to companies for the publication of their product manuals as prior art in the IP.com Prior Art Database. It is well known that product manuals often can contain relevant prior art disclosures. But, since patent examiners have very limited time to complete their patentability searches, product manuals have been virtually inaccessible.

"During the past six years, worldwide patent examiners have clamored for easy access to product manuals for their prior art searching," said Thomas Colson, CEO of IP.com. "We began our Product Manual Publication Program informally last year with the publication of product manuals from a few big, innovative companies, such as Siemens. It has been so well received, that we have decided to formalize our program and offer dramatically reduced publication rates to the rest of the corporate world."

"In order to help improve the patent process, SPI's mission is to place product manuals and other hard to access software documentation into the hands of worldwide patent examiners," said Roland Cole, Executive Director of SPI (Software Patent Institute). "The IP.com Prior Art Database, with its wide network of users and direct data feeds to international patent offices, is a great vehicle for us to accomplish this."

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