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Currie Colket <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 3 Nov 2003 12:02:37 -0500
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    To Members and Friends of Baltimore & DC SIGAda

    Please forward to friends/colleagues in the Baltimore/DC Area

Next Meeting:

    Our Next Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 9 September 2003, 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 Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory
    in Laurel, Maryland

    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.


    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

    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: [log in to unmask]

Directions From Washington, DC

    From the Capital Beltway (I-495),
        1. Take the I-95 North exit;
        2. Exit onto MD Route 32 West, at the Columbia exit (~ 10 miles);

        3. Left onto U.S. Route 29 South at light (~ 2.5 miles)
        4. Right onto Johns Hopkins Rd at light to go WEST (~ 1.5 miles)
        (There is now a new style dual-traffic circle overpass/interchange,
        which replaced the traffic light at this intersection. - Those
        traveling North on 29 from Silver Springs will be turning Right
        onto Johns Hopkins Road in order to make a logical Left turn to
        go WEST)
        5. APL is located to the right, just past the service station;
        6. Turn right at the sign: "Building 1 Visitor Parking";
        7. Use Building 1 entrance near the flag-pole; The meeting is in the

        Detailed Directions and Maps are available at:

Please Put on Your Calendar:

     o  7-11 December 2003 - SIGAda 2003 will be held in San
        Diego, California. Details at
     o  8 January 2004 - The next meeting of the ACM DC SIGAda
        Chapter Meeting for Thursday - TBD will be speaking on
        TBD. There is no DC or Baltimore SIGAda Chapter meeting
        scheduled in December.
     o  10 February 2004 - The next meeting of the ACM Baltimore
        SIGAda Chapter Meeting for Tuesday - TBD will be
        speaking on TBD.

DC SIGAda Home Page and Maillist:

    Please visit the DC SIGAda Web site at for additional information.

    Please provide suggestions on the Web site and its contents. We
    are particularly interested in ways the DC SIGAda Home Page can
    serve you better.

    Consider subscribing to our e-mail list. Simply send an email to:

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    with the body containing:

        subscribe SIGAda-DC Your Name

    To be removed from the list, send an email request to:

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    with the body containing:

        signoff SIGAda-DC


    Please forward this message to people who might be interested in
    attending. We welcome all new members as our attendance and
    interests grow.

    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