June 23, 2008 | By Emily Berger

Wanted: Prior Art to Bust Seer Patent

The Patent Busting Project fights back against bogus patents by filing requests for reexamination against the worst offenders. We've successfully pushed the Patent and Trademark Office to reexamine five of the ten patents on our Most Wanted list. We're proud to have tackled half of the list, but now we need your help to bust another.

A company called Seer Systems has a patent on a system for joining different musical data types together in a file, distributing them over the internet, and then playing that file.

We are especially interested in prior art relating to downloading and playing parts of "musical work files" in real time. One such example might be a system for streaming media files by taking the file one piece at a time and downloading the necessary sound files and musical data for that part before playing it and moving on to another section.

The Seer Systems patent was filed on July 11, 1997. We need to show that information on how to make the system described in the patent was publicly available before that date. Prior art can be in the form of a published patent, a printed publication (such as a web page, newsgroup post, public presentation, magazine article, or technical paper), a product manual, or literature related to a product or its sale. Publicly available software that was distributed before the filing date and that demonstrated the functionalities described in the patent may also be used as prior art.

Take a look at the description and please forward it to anyone you know who might have special knowledge related to digital music sequencing. Prior Art can be submitted here.

We anticipate that a lot of useful prior art will lie in the area of digital music sequencing software and systems, whether for music composition or playback.


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

The clock is ticking on Section 215 sunset, but the Senate is in stalemate on NSA spying powers: https://eff.org/r.tpwa

May 22 @ 10:58pm

BREAKING: At the behest of @SenateMajLdr, the Senate will meet Sunday, May 31st in the afternoon, mere hours before Section 215 expires.

May 22 @ 10:20pm

BREAKING: Senator Rand Paul objecting to even one more day of extending Section 215.

May 22 @ 10:08pm
JavaScript license information