Here we highlight some of the questions we've fielded at XooxleAnswers and earlier, at Google Answers, on patents and prior art, such as...
Client was looking for proof of a computerized electronic catalog and ordering system prior to
We found numerous published examples, including:
Journal of Commerce, April 14, 1988: AUTO PARTS COMPANIES TERM EDI INVALUABLE
PATENT 5319542, June 7, 1994: System for ordering items using an electronic catalogue
PATENT 4799156, January 17, 1989: Interactive market management system
Computer Reseller News, 27 April 1992: Vars Industry: Coin markets parts catalog
to automotive dealers
Chicago Sun-Times, 12 July 1987: New technology smooths road for auto services
and several others.
Client needed to know where Viagara (sildenafil) was and wasn't patented.
We identified patents in more than a dozen countries and regions, including the US, Turkey, Japan,
Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Canada, WIPO and elsewhere.
Client was looking for examples of small software companies involved in suits for patent infringement?
We were able to provide more than ten examples, including:
Forgent Networks v Audiovox Electronics Corp. patent infringement suit regarding its JPEG-related
ePlus v Ariba
Ariba Inc. has said that it has agreed to pay $37 million to settle a patent-infringement
Immersion v Sony/Microsoft
Immersion was awarded $82 million in this patent infringment
EMC v HP
EMC claimed that HP infringed three computer software patents for remote and
local mirroring of digital data.
USA Video v Movielink
Movielink prevailed in this software patent infringement lawsuit
BroadVision v Art Technology
BroadVision Inc. received $ 15 million from rival Art Technology
Group to settle a patent infringement case involving U.S. Patent No.
5,710,887, which involves a method of boosting online
MIT vs Multiple Parties
...the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Electronics for Imaging
Inc. are suing more than 100 corporations, charging infringement of a patent for color-image editing software
XooxleAnswers researchers (at the time, at Google Answers) found the precise item:
IMPROVEMENT IN CULINARY VESSELS
June 27, 1876
Patent #: 179354
Client needed to know when the patent expires on Lipitor, Pfizer's blockbuster drug.
"The patent on Lipitor, the world's best-selling medicine expires in 2010. Pfizer also is
bracing for patent expirations for the antibiotic
Zithromax in 2005, the antidepressant Zoloft in 2006 and the blood-pressure
treatment Norvasc in 2007..."
Client needed prior art on electronic "Green Stamp" bonus programs in existence earlier than
We provided over a dozen examples, including mypoints.com, MotivationNet, Universal Rewards Currency,
Intellipost, BonusMail, CyberGold, ClickRewards, FreeRide media, and others.
Other patent and prior art included included: