This summer was busy for REDPLAN, and the organization’s value to the industry continues to increase.
For those that missed it during summer vacations, REDPLAN added some new board members, including Victor Lund from the WAV Group and Chris Galler from the Minnesota Association of REALTORS®. Both bring additional perspective and energy to the group. Chris will provide state association perspective – a perspective that was lacking previously. Victor brings a lot to the group, and his addition will also help people understand that REDPLAN is not just a “Clareity thing” though we have, and will continue to, put a lot of our money and effort into it.
To that end, I have assumed the role of archivist and curator for the REDPLAN Prior Art Library. In a move to protect the industry against patent trolls, the Library will include information that is non-confidential and which can be used to prove that prior art existed and was available to the public in any form before a given date, thus helping to support or defend against a patent’s claim of originality.
While NAR’s efforts toward patent reform are extremely valuable, this complementary effort will assist REDPLAN members with their defense needs under the current patent system, which may persist for some time to come. Further, as prior art committee co-chair, Ira Luntz, of Real Estate Digital explains, “Knowledge of this Library can serve as a not so secret weapon to act as a deterrent to frivolous patent trolling.”
I have already actively been building the Prior Art Library for some time, and have been scanning many old manuals, flyers, and other materials into an archive where they can be searched for keywords and by date. I’ve also been collecting and organizing more current documents that may be useful as prior art from the web. But, more materials are welcome. So, please email me or call me at 612-747-5976 to discuss any non-confidential materials you have that might be relevant – software manuals, contracts, proposals, printouts and even hardware. We can discus whether it would be a new item for the Library and the best way to get it into the Library. If you have the item in electronic form already, please just send it to me.
Many thanks to other organizations that have joined the REDPLAN non-profit, and I would encourage those that have not yet joined to do so. Together, we can continue to enhance the efficacy of this organization, dedicated to the protection and promotion of the industry’s intellectual property rights.
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