phi (totient) wrote,

another wave arrives, and is seen for what it is

Back in June of 2001, when the patent that would become the seed for phi systems was first issued, I also got a fair tidal wave of spam from folks trying to sell me engraved tokens of my genius or the like. Patents have a renewal fee which is due after three and a half years, and the shysters have started up again, filling my recycle bin with unopened solicitations made to look as official as possible without bringing down the wrath of a mail fraud prosecution. If anything the second wave was larger than the first -- and today I stumbled across the reason why. United States Patent 6,804,316 -- the first of three by date of invention or application -- has finally been issued. Maybe the second one (which was the seed for another dead company) will eventually make it through the pipeline too.
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