Sliced Bread or Otherwise

12 Sep, 2006 By: Kenneth Wong

Can a method for presenting 3D data be considered an invention? According to the U.S. Patent Office, in the case of QuadriSpace, yes.

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Originally filed in August 2002, QuadriSpace's patent application waded through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's sluggish review process for almost four years. The delay was inevitable because the Patent Office must verify if there are existing arts that could challenge the claim submitted.

QuadriSpace 3D publishing software is designed for use with manufacturing, architectural and other digital content. Patent approval was finally granted to QuadriSpace in June 2006 and applies to the creation, editing and display of a 2D page-based document that includes interactive 3D views. The patent makes the company's "system and method for presenting three-dimensional data" -- something it has been marketing since 2001 -- a protected invention.

In the interim, other products have emerged, some boasting features and components similar to those found in QuadriSpace products. So what exactly does patent 7,068,269 mean to the budding 3D publishing industry?  Read more >>


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