YES!.. All blarney gone father ‘O Fun, Have Tram! UP Pomme* (right!!!)
P.S. Apologies to all, but Joyce got to me. I would hope that any attempt to patent or issue a brevet pertaining to the principle of mixing remotely from any mixer should fail following the appearance of the mass of information to be found on Andy’s site and elsewhere (and some of what I have found is quite old). However, I am not so sure.
This is the page that got my goat - United States Patent Application 20080091286 (if you want to see the actual application then Google it’s number):
The Apple (mac) patent gimme-gimme office might note that their application should be considered stillborn anyway, as Yamaha kindly put Studio Manager into the public Domain long ago, and many Yamaha desks have ethernet ports for remote control. However, I am not certain that the US patent office sees things that way. It is not possible for a third party to oppose a patent application in the US once it has been published unless that third party obtains written approval from the applicant!!
Maybe Yamaha would have the clout required to put a stop to Apple’s megalomania. Maybe they would not be considered a “Third” Party.
The old standards, and ideas about the advantages of shared information, are being dusterbrushcarpetburied away. Anyone interested should read “Traité secret sur l’immatériel” by Florent Latrive, published in “Le Monde Diplomatique” in March 2010. It is in French, but might have been translated for the “Guardian Weekly” by now. Otherwise look around for the very secret trade talks concerning ACTA (ACAC in French).
Here is some more to make your blood boil:
I am pink, therefore I am Spam… after this one I will be Black Pudding!
OK, just in case a patent office is currently doing their research, it should be noted that Yamaha already produced exactly the equipment that uses the ideas that Apple wish to patent PRIOR to 27 September 2000.
The Yamaha DME32.
Apple lists Gerhard Lengeling (Los Altos, CA) and Nikolaus Gerteis (Horst, DE) as the inventors of this patent which was originally filed in October 2006. It is impossible that Gerhard Lengeling (looking at his long history) should have been unaware of the existence, in mass production, of the Yamaha DME32 and it’s associated software for control over ethernet when he filed his Patent Application.
US patent law is rather soft at the point of entry (with good reason) and rather pro-US (ditto) and has been used massively to gain control over pre-existing ideas and even the building blocks of life (that I think probably pre-existed too). Large US companies, that have built their fortunes on such patents now have the power and the cash to clobber you in the US courts. Very soon, via ACTA, the big stick will be leaning against the wall of a court near you.