Patent application reviews - DICOM

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    Hi all

    In case it isn't obvious by now, I think it is time we all began
    a concerted effort to review on a regular basis any published
    patent applications that concern implementation of various DICOM
    and PACS related features.

    It is much easier to prevent an application being granted than
    it is to fight it later.

    Needless to say, not one of the applications I have looked at
    so far showed much in the way of originality or novelty, so
    far as I can understand the claims without being a patent
    attorney, yet unless someone makes the examiner aware of prior
    art they may well be granted.

    You can probably not expect any help from NEMA or DICOM or IHE
    in this regard, since in general any legal action is deferred
    to the individual vendors and they rarely act together on this,
    and when they do it is behind the shield of client-attorney
    privilege, so you won't hear about it.

    So it is up to you individual vendors to take action when the
    need arises.

    David

    PS. If you really want to make you blood pressure rise, try
    looking at some of the patents that have already been granted
    in this field. Fortunately, most of these are never pursued,
    and are assigned to the big vendors who cross license their
    patent portfolios without harassing the little guys.

    But DR Systems has demonstrated that you can patent prior art
    in the PACS field and generate revenue from it, so be warned.

  2. Re: Patent application reviews

    I understand that anyone can object to a patent application, even
    members of the public. See this section of the Manual of Patent
    Examining Procedure (MPEP):

    http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac...1.htm#sect1901

    The entire manual is at:

    http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/index.html


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