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)
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.
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
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.
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:
CEO & Founder
9213 Bulls Run Pkway
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: +1 (301) 897-3288
FAX: +1 (301) 897-0016
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.
From I-495 south of Route 123 (Dolley Madison Boulevard):
From Dulles Access Toll Road or I-495
north of the Dulles Access Toll Road:
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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
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updated 2 January 2004