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Prior-Art-O-Matic of Video Game History

By mikewotton
Aug 11, 2005
  1. Prior art for video game patents has always fascinated me.

    Prior Art Collecting has been a passion of mine for years. My personal "Museum of Prior Art" includes an astonishing collection of all known important, ( and some obscure), PC Computer and Mac Based Computer Games back to the early 80's, mint in box working video game systems, controllers, packaging, literature and rare accessories and probably over 2,500 total different games for;

    Atari, Atari 2600, Atari 7800

    Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Nintendo Virtual Boy 3-D Visor Game, Game Boy Advance, N 64, Game Cube, Gameboy Advance SP, Nintendo DS

    Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Sega CD, Sega 32X, Sega Game Gear, Sega Nomad, Sega Dreamcast

    Sony Playstation, PS2, ( And several odd systems that failed, Turbo Graphix 16, etc.)

    Prior Art will be needed by lots of folks as the avalanche of bogus patents increases to the area of video and PC Games. These vintage games may be important to overcome screen icon design patents as well as many other patents related to game play methods. I also have several dozen handheld video game toys with lots of catalog references;
    Tomy, Tiger, MGA, Vanity Fair, Mattel, and many others.

    I have over 250,000 consumer products catalogs covering just about every product made over the past 100 years as well. Does anone else have a similar Interest? Any other PC Video Game collectors out there? Anyone hear of any new lawsuits filed against innocent game developers?

    Mike Wotton
    Mikewotton@aol.com
     
  2. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    As a budding game designer/developer, I applaud what you are doing!

    It is very good that someone are taking action to make sure that creativity won't be stiffled by large corp.'s! Keep up the good work :grinthumb
     
  3. mikewotton

    mikewotton TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Prior Art Search

    Prior Art Search,

    Prior Art Search is definitly a field that has many possibilities to help individuals in need. My Collection of Over 250,000 catalogs will change all the rules once the word gets out to all those in need. I help take the place of Bountyquest, prior art search site.

    The Prior Art Search begins in my 3,500 square foot warehouse literally filled with catalogs going back to the turn of the century for Toys, Games, Electronics, Plumbing, Heating, Sports, Tools, Furniture, Clothing, Jewelry, Software, and Mountains of other categories.

    More than 80% of the consumer products that were sold in the past 100 years that were genuinely worthy of a patent were never patented. Where do you turn to find this type of Prior Art? The only record that these products ever existed may be found in consumer or trade wholesale catalogs. Except for my Prior Art search catalog Collection, I am unaware of the existence of other comprehensive retail and trade wholesale catalog Prior Art Search collection in the world.

    Prior Art Searches of Trade wholesale catalogs for most consumer products industries hold a very important secret. About 10-25% of all items offered to the trade by manufacturers were never sold or made. The price may have been too high, or the design wasn't "Sparkling" enough or perhaps the item was just ahead of it's time. These unknown catalog listings and descriptions hold the most valuable key to catalog prior art searches.

    Prior Art Searches reveal that Catalogs are a very valuable tool to find true product introduction dates. A patent must be filed within a year of being shown publicly. I have noticed literally HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of products that were filed for US patents two or more years from the catalog introduction date.

    Prior Art Searches often prove patents are filed before the catalog introduction for electronic devices. Afterwards, the designs are constantly improved during, for example, a ten year life span. However the subtle changes made in years two and three are not properly filed for an improvement patent UNTIL year 7 or year 8. Catalog descriptions PROMINENTLY feature the new "Improvements" as a selling tool. I notice this pattern occurring literally hundreds of times across all industries. How would you know about the invalid late patent filing without a Prior Art catalog reference?

    Please pass along information about the new Prior Art Search service that I am offering the world. Help me Bust Patents with Catalog Prior Art.

    Please feel to contact me if you have a similar intrest or would like to donate catalogs.

    Best Regards
    Mike Wotton
    mikewotton@aol.com
     
  4. mikewotton

    mikewotton TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Intellectual Property Specialist

    Intellectual Property Specialist

    Intellectual Property Specialist seems to be the title most appropriate for field that I research. ( Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Trade Dress, etc.)

    My Intellectual Property Prior Art Collection of over 250,000 catalogs covers the history of just about any industry, or product ever made back to the turn of the century, and 10's of thousands of actual product samples from all industries.

    I have Prior Art Samples of just about every Video Game Console ever made and sold commercially as well as thousands of video game cartridges, discs, diskettes, CDs, and more. My collection includes literally thousands of Board Games, Dolls, Toy Cars, Cooking Appliances, Computers, PDAs, Cell Phones, you name it, my Prior Art Collection probably has it.

    Intellectual Property seems to be the new "Catch Word" for what I study. I have generally referred to myself as a Prior Art Specialist, however the many e-mails by members of the site say, that in today's world, not only am I a Prior Art Specialist but I am first and foremost an Intellectual Property Specialist, I may have the absolute largest Intellectual Property Prior Art Collection in the world for dozens of product categories.

    Intellectual Property includes not only the design patent and utility patent, but also includes, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Dress, Methods of operation or manufacture and more.

    Intellectual Property Patent Prior Art is becoming more and more important as bogus patents are being filed and claimed with growing disregard for prior art. This is especially true in the area of of finding prior art for Video Game development, Software, Video or PC games, accessories and Controllers.

    Intellectual Property in the Video Game and Software field seems to be the number one reason that I am being contacted these days. Patent Litigation filed by unscrupulous plantiffs against innocent hardworking defendants, needs the protection and assistance that I am offering in these unfounded, bogus, ridiculous and costly patent infringement lawsuit actions.

    In Intellectual Property Litigation, the best defense is to find Prior Art. Prior art is any printed reference the the same product patent claims published before the filing of the patent.

    My Prior Art Catalog Collection has literally thousands of products that I have seen from decades ago that would definitely invalidate, with a little research, many if not all claims of recently filed and granted patents.

    Prior art and Intellectual-Property Research has always been a fascination of mine. I knew that my collection and services would be immensely valuable some day. I am just now starting my Prior Art Intellectual Property Search Business and research center. Actually, it is more of a museum or archive of the history of product design.

    I am looking forward to the challenge of offering my services to those in patent litigation struggles to stop infringement actions filed against innocent inventors, software developers, small companies and to help stop and/or reverse awards and settlements which may have already occurred.

    Intellectual Property Prior Art is desperately needed to maintain the programming creativity in the PC and Video Game Industry, Software Development, Internet usage, and just about every other consumer product field will begin to suffer greatly without more investigators and collectors of prior art and intellectual property such as myself.

    I am always adding to my Vintage Catalog Collection and am on the lookout for any material that anyone may have to add to the arsenal against Bogus Patent Infringement Actions against innocent defendants. I like to talk to other collectors that collect similar historic product samples.

    If you have a similar intrest in Prior Art, Catalogs or Intellectual Property, or would like to talk about my burgeoning Intellectual Property Prior Art Collection-Museum-Archive, Please feel free to contact me.

    mikewotton@aol.com

    Mike Wotton
     
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