Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EFF rips Penn State's US Patent 8,442,839

Within the post Stupid Patent of the Month: Who Wants to Buy Teamwork From Penn State? , EFF concludes

We urge Penn State and all universities to be more responsible. Instead of selling patents that have little value except as litigation weapons, universities should focus on true technology transfer—partnering with others to bring new technologies into the world. And universities should end their opposition to patent reform.

The law firm Krass, Sprinkle, Anderson & Citkowski, P.C. prosecuted the patent titled: Agent-based collaborative recognition-primed decision-making, with first claim:

An improved decision-making process, comprising the steps of: providing a collaborative, team-oriented computer architecture wherein human and software agents interact through a shared mental model including an experience knowledge base; receiving information regarding a current situation to be analyzed; consulting the experience knowledge base to qualify the received information based upon any similarities to the current situation; presenting the qualified information to a user through one of the agents; interacting with the user to receive assistance in the form of assumptions or expectancies about the situation; providing the refined information and assumptions or expectancies to other agents; utilizing cues in the experience knowledge base to contact one or more external information sources to gather missing, relevant information, if any, in support of the assumptions or expectancies; using the missing, relevant information in conjunction with other collected information to determine whether a decision about the situation is evolving in an anticipated direction; and, if so: informing the user and updating the experience knowledge base to enhance the quality or timeliness of future decisions regarding similar situations.

Yes, the work was government - sponsored (meaning Bayh-Dole): The research carried out in connection with this invention was supported in part by Grant No. DAAD19-01-1-0504 from the United States Army. The United States government may have rights to the subject matter of this application.


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