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Peter Lablans

is a prolific inventor and founder of two IP companies Ternarylogic LLC and Spatial Cam LLC and is the named inventor on over 50 patents. He is an Electronic Engineer trained by Dr. Gerrit “Gerry” Blaauw, one of the three co-architects of the legendary IBM System/360. After a business career, Peter became an inventor and worked as a patent engineer and successfully prosecuted hundreds of patents in image and signal processing. His recent inventions include modification of known cryptography, such as AES, RSA, SHA, and Elliptic Curve Cryptography by implementations of novel switching functions and intelligent cameras to locate hidden or obscured objects. His stake in the discussion is to advocate a fair, modern and affordable patent system that encourages all inventors, including independent inventors, in any technological field to obtain and assert patents.

Recent Articles by Peter Lablans

Function and Structure in Computers: A Stakeholder’s View

As an independent inventor, I am greatly concerned about the new proposed Section 112(f) wording related to “functional claiming” that was put forward as part of the fix for patent eligibility law. While the bill is on the back burner for now, lawmakers have stated their desire to revive it. In my mind it is part of a continuing effort to prevent inventors of computer-implemented inventions from experiencing smooth sailing in patent prosecution and patent assertion. A description of what computers do and how they “logically” work has a close relationship with its physical structure. These aspects are closely interwoven and largely equivalent. Executing a computer operation means that physical circuits are activated. A computer operation or function is not a disembodied occurrence. An instruction executed by a computer is a rapid configuration/activation of one or more (usually electrical) circuits.

Computer history, nothing abstract to be found

Computers, processors, memories and transmission equipment are devices or machines. All these machines, as configured systems, have a documented history of addressing concrete technical problems that were difficult to overcome.  Ultimately, computing machines are characterized by what they do, or by their architecture. This article illustrates some of the historical issues in developing programmed and programmable machines.

Operational Mathematics on a Processor is not an Abstract Idea

Mathematics has long been accepted as a tool to model the physical reality. For many it is hard to grasp that math actually “does something.” The reality is that mathematics based instructions in computers generate signals that are useful and used. This type of mathematics may be called “operational mathematics.” Operational math already replaces devices that used to be made from valves and gears or from electronic components. Operational mathematics also enables new devices that were previously unimaginable.

Executable mathematics renders inventions physical! Welcome to the digital age

The use of a mathematical formula in a claim can trigger a 35 USC 101 rejection or invalidation of the patented claim. However, the role of mathematics in physics and in inventions has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. Computers are programmed to operate on the numbers to perform a defined task, such as filtering or demodulation, by performing calculations in a certain order and at a certain speed. Cellphones, DVD players, telephone sets, 3D printers, cameras, MRI machines and the like are in essence computers with an A/D and D/A converter and/or transducers.