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Offline asymetrix

Re: "Amiga" patents - what are they?
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2009, 10:18:09 PM »
Quote from: Morley;518093
See thread title.

I'm thinking about the original Amiga patents and/or intellectual property coming from the original Commodore bankruptcy...

What exact areas does the patents cover? Anybody know? I tried googling but nowhere did I find anything useful - apart from some DMA patent from the late 80s.

This is purely out of curiosity - since everytime the Amiga intellectual property/patents have switched hands they have been "spoken highly" of.


I thought Gateway (now bankrupt) owned the Amiga patents, and Amiga has a lifetime, exclusive ? licence to use it.
 

Offline cgutjahr

Re: "Amiga" patents - what are they?
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2009, 10:23:42 PM »
Quote from: Morley;518093
I tried googling but nowhere did I find anything useful - apart from some DMA patent from the late 80s.

In the US, a patent lasts for either 15 or 20 years - I'm not 100% clear on how the lifetime of a patent is decided.

The USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) has a searchable patent database:

http://uspto.gov/

(click "Patents" in the menu to the left, then "Search Patents", then select "Quick Search" in the left block ("Issued Patents"). To locate Amiga related patents, search field "Assignee" for "Amiga" or "Commodore".

The search results will include various patents filed after 1994 - these are not Amiga related and only listed because they are assigned to "Amiga Development LLC", Gateways (still existing) subsidiary used for 'parking' the company's patents.

All patents assigned to "Commodore-Amiga" or "Amiga Corporation" have been filed before 1990. No matter if their lifetime was 15 or 20 years, they're expired by now. That includes the famous "selecting multiple menu items" patent filed in 1988.

If you search for "Assignee = Commodore" (lots of patents filed after 1994 by other "Commodores"), you'll encounter various patents filed after 1990, these are the ones that could still be valid if their lifetime is indeed 20 years:

  • Method and apparatus for performing multiple simultaneous error detection on data having unknown format
  • Multiple linked game controllers
  • Audio channel system for providing an analog signal corresponding to a sound waveform in a computer system
  • Decoder for cross interleaved error correcting encoded data
  • CD-ROM video game machine
  • System for relocating a multimedia presentation on a different platform by extracting a resource map in order to remap and relocate resources
  • Binary to unary decoder for a video digital to analog converter
  • Apparatus and method for transferring interleaved data objects in mass storage devices into separate destinations in memory
  • Bus arbitration system for granting bus access to devices following two-wire bus arbitration protocol and devices following three-wire bus arbitration protocol
 

Offline Tension

Re: "Amiga" patents - what are they?
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2009, 11:57:56 PM »
Quote from: cgutjahr;518151

CD-ROM video game machine



Surely not?

Offline Haranguer

Re: "Amiga" patents - what are they?
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2009, 04:35:45 AM »
@asymetrix

Gateway aren't bankrupt.  They just don't own Amiga, Inc anymore.
 

Offline asymetrix

Re: "Amiga" patents - what are they?
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2009, 01:12:48 PM »
Quote from: Haranguer;518344
@asymetrix

Gateway aren't bankrupt.  They just don't own Amiga, Inc anymore.


wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway,_Inc.

Quote

On October 16, 2007 the acquisition by Acer became final and Gateway became a privately held company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Acer. The board of directors resigned and a new board was appointed.


They dont OWN Amiga Inc, but STILL OWN Amiga patents, or is it ACER ?
Gateway never SOLD the Amiga patents to Amiga Inc, they allowed Amiga Inc to use them.

executive update, Jan 3, 2000
http://www.amigahistory.co.uk/jan3rd2000.html

Quote

Here is what was acquired from Gateway:

1. All trademarks logo's etc.
2. All existing inventory of Amiga International
3. All existing licenses.
4. License to All Amiga patents (Gateway still owns the patents, but we are able to use them).
5. All web sites, and registered domain names.
6. The Amiga OS and all that is associated with the OS.
7. The Amiga operation as it exists today.
 

Offline persia

Re: "Amiga" patents - what are they?
« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2009, 02:34:39 PM »
Gateway own what's left on the patents, a year or two at best on the handful that remain, they also own the name Amiga and copyright on AmigaOS, they in turn belong to Acer.

Now here is where it gets interesting, Gateway had an exclusive agreement with Amiga Inc, the original one.  That Amiga Inc no longer exists.  KMOS, the current Amiga, Inc had the agreement transfered to them after the original Amiga Inc was unable to pay it's bills (insolvent in the EU definition, but not US).  Now was Gateway informed and did they agree to this?  Was the agreement transferable?  These are things we just don't know.  As long as the Amiga name is worthless Gateway probably couldn't care less and Amiga Inc as far as anyone can tell is gone except for rented space on a server.  Indications are that the Amiga World Headquarters (a room above an Amish furniture store) are no more.

Quote from: asymetrix;518383
wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway,_Inc.



They dont OWN Amiga Inc, but STILL OWN Amiga patents, or is it ACER ?
Gateway never SOLD the Amiga patents to Amiga Inc, they allowed Amiga Inc to use them.

executive update, Jan 3, 2000
http://www.amigahistory.co.uk/jan3rd2000.html
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

What we\'re witnessing is the sad, lonely crowing of that last, doomed cock.
 

Offline Tension

Re: "Amiga" patents - what are they?
« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2009, 04:16:28 PM »
Quote from: Tension;518162
Surely not?



Surely not?