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confused about patent
« on: Aug 19th, 2004, 11:26am »
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does anyone know the difference between the issued pat. and the pat pending pat pending on next post
 
1. A portable display device comprising:
an enclosure;
a first hardware means for enabling said display device to display output signals from a computer, said first hardware means residing in said enclosure;
a second hardware means permitting said display device to function as a PDA, said second hardware means residing in said enclosure, said second hardware means further allowing said display device to function independently when not connected to or communicating with a computer;
means for transferring any information obtained during independent operation to a fat client computer;
activation means integral to said display device.
2. The device of claim 1 wherein said means for displaying output signals from a computer comprises an integral display screen and hardware for supplying video output generated by a computer to said display screen.
3. The device of claim 1 wherein said means for transferring any information comprises a wireless communication protocol and transceiver.
4. The device of claim 1 wherein said means for transferring any information comprises a physical connector which joins said display device to a computer
5. The device of claim 1 wherein said activation means is a touch screen display, said touch screen being responsive to tactile stimulation, stylus stimulation and combinations thereof.
6. An apparatus for displaying computer video signals and functioning as a personal digital assistant, the apparatus comprising;
means for displaying video signals output from a computer;
means for communicating with a computer
means for performing PDA-type functions, when not connected to or communicating wih a computer, said functions including data entry and storage, scheduling, form entry, and data recovery,
means for activation and control.
7. The method of claim 6 wherein said display device contains hardware to permit said device to function as an independent thin client computer with integral central processor.
8. The method of claim 6 wherein said display device contains communication means for communicating with another computer.
9. The apparatus of claim 6 wherein said means for activation and control is a touch screen display, said touch screen being responsive to tactile stimulation, stylus stimulation and combinations thereof.
10. The apparatus of claim 6 wherein said means for communicating includes wired or wireless communication means.
11. A method for displaying compuer video output on a portable display device and for selectively operating as a PDA on same display device, the method comprising:
displaying computer video signals on a portable display device when said device is connected to or communicating with a computer, wherein said display device contains hardware to permit said display device to function as a computer display;
performing thin client functions with said display enclosure, said functions including scheduling, data entry and retrieval and form entry, when said display enclosure is not functioning as a display device for said computer.
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Re: confused about patent
« Reply #1 on: Aug 19th, 2004, 1:16pm »
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Well, the words are different.  Running "diff" established that.  
 
I assume you have something more specific in mind.  It's hard enough to answer very specific questions, but open-ended ones like your question are extremely difficult to address in any meaningful manner.
 
If you can narrow the scope of your question, I might be able to offer a perspective.
 
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Re: confused about patent
« Reply #2 on: Aug 19th, 2004, 4:39pm »
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Even if the pending claims and the issued claims were
identical, the specification and the file wrapper might
contain things that make a difference in how the claims
are interpreted.
 
Besides that, the exercise of construing all those claims is just
too much work do to for fun.
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