Folks,Please take Ms. Hall's advice, and don't waste time harassing KAM.
I am Mr. Jacobsen’s attorney. I heard about these postings through the grapevine, and wanted to add some comment.
First, I want to clarify one thing. Mr. Katzer did not sue Mr. Jacobsen. Because of the dispute over the patent rights, I filed a declaratory judgment action on Mr. Jacobsen’s behalf in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on March 13, 2006. Case number is 06-1905, for those who are interested. You can read the filings on PACER, the court's electronic filing system.
The purpose of the declaratory judgment action is to resolve a dispute over the patent rights. Mr. Katzer claims that Mr. Jacobsen is infringing his patent. Mr. Jacobsen says he is not infringing any valid and enforceable patent right that Mr. Katzer holds. Because of the increased damages for willful infringement, Mr. Jacobsen needs to have a determination of rights and responsibilities as it relates to Mr. Katzer’s patent. There are other causes of action that Mr. Jacobsen is pursuing against Mr. Katzer – antitrust (attempted monopolization), unfair competition, cybersquatting (on a JMRI trademark) and libel. We will address these issues and the issues relating to the declaratory judgment action in due course.
Second, I realize that many of you are angry at Mr. Katzer, and his attorney, Mr. Russell, for the letters they have sent to Mr. Jacobsen, and other actions they have taken against Mr. Jacobsen. I want to ask you to NOT harass them through calls, letters, faxes, emails, etc. It does NOT advance the case in Mr. Jacobsen’s favor. Here’s what will: As we stated in the lawsuit, there are numerous examples of prior art and inequitable conduct which affect patent rights. If you have more evidence, we’ll take it. The key date is prior art existing before June 24, 1998, and more importantly, prior art existing before June 24, 1997. The prior art that we are looking for is:
- A patent or printed publication that described the invention. Source can be from anywhere in the world.
- Evidence of public use, offer for sale, or sale in the United States. (If it’s from outside the U.S., please make a note and send it so we can follow up.)
- Evidence of another person inventing the same thing in the U.S. – the invention must not have been suppressed, concealed or abandoned.
- If the evidence is not the exact invention, then any information (in addition to the evidence) suggesting that the evidence could be combined with something else to successfully make the invention.
My homepage is www.vkhall.com – you can get my address through the website and send it to me. Please send it via mail. My e-mail service provider is not particularly reliable.
Victoria K. Hall
P.S. Mr. Jacobsen contacted me through EFF, so the folks there know about this matter.
If you do feel spurred to action by these events (and we hope you do), in addition to prior art searches in this particular case, you can, as always, write a letter to your Senators and Congressional Representatives, and let them know how you feel about this case and the type of abuse that the patent system encourages, and/or reforms that you think might be useful. Remember, KAM's behavior is exactly what the patent system currently incentivizes patent holders to do. Let your elected officials know that you don't agree with this, and that you want to see legislation enacted that will prevent this type of thing in the future.
And you could also pitch in a couple of bucks to join the EFF.