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A Case History Of The First Pure Software Patent
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by Pal Asija
Hard Cover, 290 pages, 6 1/2 x 10 inches
Publisher: Law Publishers; ©1986, '83
Catalog# 6464-2
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Pal Asija developed a computer program that allows users to retrieve narrative information from computers in a human-like manner. The program responds to a user's questions with the most likely answer--despite the user's errors in syntax, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. And the user does not need any computer programming skills. Asija received U.S. patent #4,270,182 in 1981. for this program, "Swift-Answer(TM)."

Despite the subtitle, this book is more than a "case history." It is also an organized handbook of techniques and strategies for protecting software. This guide covers all the legal methods of protection--with the emphasis on patents. In addition, many practical technical methods of protection are covered. These can be applied throughout the software development process. Patent attorneys will find plenty of patent law precedents, while computer engineers and software developers will find this book utilitarian, as well as, inspiring.

From the Preface...

"Copyrights, design patents and utility patents all have their place in protecting software. As a rule of thumb copyright protection is sufficient to protect a specific piece of code and a patent is needed to protect the underlying algorithm. Design patents are needed to protect programs embedded in integrated circuit chips because utility negates copyright protection for chips [notwithstanding mask works]. This is so because computer programs are authored, chips are designed and algorithms are invented."

From reviews...

"The book is remarkable in its lucidity and clarity in presenting even the most sophisticated computer terms and algorithms. It is written in a simple language ... highly recommended for institutional libraries, computer manufacturers and legal practitioners."
--Computer Society of India News

" entertaining book. It takes a subject that most people justifiably feel is pretty dull (patent law) and makes it readable."
--Software Protection, journal from Law & Technology Press

About The Author

Pal AsijaPal Asija is an energetic multi-talented patent attorney, inventor, computer scientist, professional engineer, author, and speaker. Listed in "Who's Who in the World," Asija is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court, has developed award-winning inventions, holds six patents, and is the author of four books and many other articles. Asija has been inducted (1990) into the Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science & Technology. He was a founding "SysOp" of the Ideas, Inventions, & Innovations Forum on CompuServe.

This book was published in 1983 and contains a 1986 supplement. Includes various appendices, charts, and the extensive patent for Swift-Answer. ~

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