|Celebration time ... but who was it|
that got to the bubbly first ...?
Katnotes: (i) while he is not (yet, at any rate) an IP man, James Laddie, of Matrix, and son of the late Sir Hugh, has also taken silk today. The Kat community wishes him and all his family past, present and future every success and happiness; (ii) if, in his eagerness to post this feature or because he didn't recognise them from their real names, the Kat has missed out any other barrister with IP credentials, he says "sorry -- just let me know!"
|Not just kangaroos, but prior art ...|
|This newt has the ability to change|
its colour in accordance with its
background -- a very useful
attribute in politics ...
"Method apparatus and business system for online communications with online and offline recipients
Abstract: The present invention comprises a method, apparatus and business system for allowing on-line communications with members of a group of recipients for whom the invention has been implemented. A group may, for example, comprise members of a particular business or profession. For example, a group may consist of doctors admitted to practice medicine in the United States. Individual members of the group may or may not have existing internet presences. The invention allows online users to communicate with each member of a given group regardless of whether or not the member has an existing internet presence. In one or more embodiments, the invention does so by setting up a database of contact information for members of the group, creating an internet presence for each member of such group, creating an on-line user interface allowing a user to access the member's created internet presence, and providing means of communications between the created internet presence and the member recipient".A brief exchange of emails with Johan Orneblad (Origin), to whom a katpat is awarded, established that this was indeed a genuine action and not a spoof. Further details are available on Priorsmart here. It appears that the inventor is also counsel for the plaintiff. Says Merpel, what a great way to drum up awareness and publicity for one's professional practice. The IPKat just wonders whether defendants Gingrich and Romney and Santorum will cooperate in resisting the infringement claim.