DC SIGAda


Our Next Joint Meeting with the Baltimore SIGAda Chapter
is scheduled for
Thursday, 8 January 2004 at 7:30 P.M.
Mr. Lester Sussman, CEO of ceBerg
will be speaking on
Writing and Filing US Patents - From a Software Perspective
at the DC SIGAda Venue
(MITRE 2, McLean, Virginia)


Attention:

To Members and Friends of DC SIGAda

Next Meeting:

Our Next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 8 January 2004, as a Joint Meeting of the Baltimore and DC SIGAda Chapters. Mr. Lester Sussman will be speaking on "Writing and Filing US Patents - From a Software Perspective".

The presentation will start at 7:30 P.M. (Refreshments and Social at 7:00 P.M.) at the new MITRE 2 Building in McLean, Virginia

Munchies and soft drinks will be served at 7:00 PM, the general meeting will start at 7:30 PM, followed by the program.

Abstract: Writing and Filing US Patents - From a Software Perspective

The focus of this presentation is on applying for US Patents, particularly as it pertains to software applications. Whether or not you ever plan to file for a patent, understanding software patents is important to successfully utilize ideas that have been patented. Knowledge of the rights of a patent holder and how to use the patented ideas appropriately can benefit your work as a software engineer. Some of the areas addressed by this presentation include:

1) What is a US patent?
2) Why file a patent?
3) Who can file a patent?
4) What is patentable?
5) How much does it cost?
6) How do you write a US patent?
7) Rough patent draft
8) Research the existing market
9) Components of a US patent application
10) Claims
11) References

Although the presentation is focused on software patents, the concept is broad and can address needs to include every-day "useful" ideas/patents, that folks think about, to include those ideas to improve things around the home or office.

Presenter:

Lester Sussman is the CEO and Founder of ceBerg, Inc. He has 20 years experience in the design and development of complex information systems. He graduated as an Electronic and Electrical Engineer from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1983. Mr. Sussman worked for a number of companies in the greater Washington D.C. area including MCI Telecommunications, PRC and INTELSAT. At MCI, Mr. Sussman was one of the principal systems architects in the design and development of MCI's next generation network management system, which remains in critical use today. In 1994, Mr. Sussman joined INTELSAT as a senior systems engineer. Upon joining, he identified the potential value of the Internet for INTELSAT's business. He helped securely connect the organization to the Internet, conducted seminars throughout INTELSAT on its benefits, and lobbied INTELSAT 's management to market Internet connectivity via satellite. Mr. Sussman's efforts culminated in the launch of INTELSAT's Internet connectivity product, at a summit meeting attended by the more than 140 global telecommunications providers that owned the organization. Mr. Sussman was instrumental in acquiring one of the Summit's keynote speakers, Dr John Gage, Chief Researcher at Sun Microsystems.

Mr. Sussman is well qualified to present on software patents. He currently holds four sole US patents, has an additional six pending patent applications and is researching a further two patents. He has licensed one of the patents for upfront fees to companies such as Sharp and Casio. For the past couple of years he has been working on launching a high-tech start-up anchored on his fourth patent - embedding multi-media Yellow Pages directly into a phone. His coordinates are:

Lester Sussman
CEO & Founder
ceBerg, Inc.
9213 Bulls Run Pkway
Bethesda, MD 20817

Phone: +1 (301) 897-3288
FAX: +1 (301) 897-0016
Email: lester.sussman@ceberg.com

Venue/Directions

MITRE2
Room 1N100 A/B
The MITRE Corporation
7515 Colshire Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102-7508

Directions:

MITRE2 is on Colshire Drive just inside the beltway south of Route 123. Colshire Road is known as "Scotts Xing" on the North side of Route 123.

Colshire Road is located on Route 123, East of I-495 and West of the Dulles Access Highway.

  • Going Northbound on 123 from I-495, Colshire Road is located 2 stoplights on the right.
  • Going Southbound on 123 from the Dulles Access Highway, Colshire Road is located at the first stoplight on the left.
Once on Colshire Road, MITRE2 is the building immediately in front of you. A tiny traffic circle is designed to take you to the front of MITRE2 and to MITRE1 (the Hayes Building). The directions below route you to the parking garage behind the MITRE2 Building. This is a logical left-hand turn at the traffic circle. After the turn, MITRE2 will be on your right.

From I-495 south of Route 123 (Dolley Madison Boulevard):

1. Take Exit 46B (McLean, Route 123);
2. Go North onto Route 123;
3. Turn right onto Colshire Drive (at second light);
4. Take third right off of the small traffic circle;
   (a logical left hand turn);
5. Proceed ~ 50 meters; Turn right into parking garage.
6. Visitor Parking is located on Levels 2 and 3
   (the walkway to the lobby is on Parking Level 2)
7. If door is locked, contact Security using phone by door
   (at entrance to MITRE2 from the Parking Garage)
8. Check in with Security at Security desk in lobby
   (You will need a photo ID)

From Dulles Access Toll Road or I-495 north of the Dulles Access Toll Road:

1. Take the Dulles Airport Access and Toll Road to Exit 19;
   (From I-495, this is labeled "To East I-66");
2. Take Exit 19A;
   (following signs to Route 123 South, Tysons Corner);
3. Bear right onto Route 123 (towards Tysons Corner)
4. Turn left onto Colshire Drive (at first light);
5. Take third right off of the small traffic circle;
   (a logical left hand turn);
6. Proceed ~ 50 meters; Turn right into parking garage.
7. Visitor Parking is located on Levels 2 and 3
   (the walkway to the lobby is on Parking Level 2)
8. If door is locked, contact Security using phone by door
   (at entrance to MITRE2 from the Parking Garage)
9. Check in with Security at Security desk in lobby
   (You will need a photo ID)

To obtain a map of MITRE2 Building and the MITRE Campus, visit =>
http://www.acm.org/sigada/locals/dc/Directions_MITRE2.html.

Slides From Bill Beckwith's and Victor Giddings' Presentation Available:

At the DC SIGAda meeting on 9 October 2003, Bill Beckwith and Victor Giddings of OIS gave an excellent presentation titled: Real-time MILS CORBA: High Assurance Security for Real-time, Distributed Systems. Slides from their presentation are available online at the http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigada/locals/dc/200310_Bill_Beckwith_Slides.pdf URL.

Please Put on Your Calendar:

  • 10 February 2004 - The next meeting of the ACM Baltimore SIGAda Chapter Meeting for Tuesday - TBD will be speaking on TBD.
  • 11 March 2004 - The next meeting of the ACM DC SIGAda Chapter Meeting for Thursday - TBD will be speaking on TBD.
  • 14-18 November 2004 - SIGAda 2004 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Details at http://www.acm.org/sigada/conf/sigada2004

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Many thanks to all earlier participants, contributors, speakers, advisors, and friends, who are involved in helping to produce and attend the meetings.

Jeff Castellow, Chair, DC SIGAda


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updated 2 January 2004