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December 6, 1993
In response to "Granting of Broad Patent Stuns Multimedia Industry," Nov. 17: As an attorney with a patent law firm, I was amused with Stan Cornyn's comment regarding the multimedia patent awarded to Compton's New Media. Cornyn was credited with implying that patenting multimedia was as fruitless (my pun) an endeavor as "trying to patent a watermelon." Dear Mr. Cornyn, you can patent a watermelon (provided it was produced asexually)! Indeed, subject matter much more complex than watermelons can be, and is, patented every day. Although it is always a shock to realize that one's technology has progressed to the point where it can be monopolized by others through a patent, I agree with Norman Bastins, Compton's general manager, that "it's time for the (multimedia)
April 14, 1997 |
The North Orange County Community College District is accepting applications for a federally funded program designed to train dislocated workers for jobs to enter the multimedia industry. The district will select 20 people for the 19-week program, which requires some basic experience using computer graphics software, preferably on an Apple Macintosh computer. The program is free to participants because it is being underwritten by a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
January 16, 1994
There is intense industry and media interest ("Government to Re-Examine Patent Award to Compton's," Dec. 17) in my decision to order a re-examination of a patent awarded to Compton's New Media in August, and I would like to make sure everyone is clear about why my decision was made. The multimedia industry's reaction to Compton's multimedia patent did not spur re-examination of the patent. Rather, the industry reaction led to a review of the patent. During the review, prior art (any invention or publicly available information in the field of the invention)
October 1, 1994 |
It's been a while since Los Angeles and San Francisco had a hot new issue to feed their simmering rivalry. The water wars have receded, Southern California's political dominance is firmly established, and Angelenos cheerfully acknowledge that San Francisco is a terrific place to visit--even though few northerners return the compliment. But there's a new tug of war going on now, a geographic struggle over the heart and the soul and the dollars of the emerging multimedia industry.
June 26, 1999 |
Walt Disney Co. is reorganizing its struggling home video and digital videodisc unit under veteran film executive Richard Cook as part of a larger effort to combine operations to cut overhead in its film group by as much as $30 million, executives said Friday. The cost cutting is part of an ongoing retrenchment at Disney and other Hollywood studios as they seek to improve their thin profit margins. Disney has been eliminating overlapping operations and trimming its once-bloated movie slate.
May 19, 1997 |
Since 1888, National Geographic Society has undertaken some of the most daunting journalistic missions imaginable, sending writers and photographers to retrieve captivating images and stories from the most remote corners of the globe. Now the society's multimedia division is in the midst of a breathtaking mission of its own: cramming 108 years' worth of magazines into a boxed collection of CD-ROMs.