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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)
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November 17, 1993 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shock and incredulity spread through the burgeoning multimedia industry Tuesday after a Carlsbad, Calif., company revealed that it had won a broad patent on multimedia technology and will charge a fee to anyone who wants to employ it.
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