A Request for Prior Art ("RFPA") for a U.S. patent application or an issued U.S. patent should contain a compact description of the essential patent data translated from legalese into English, a technical summary of the main (proposed) claims along with a zippy call to action.
A list of currently active Prior Art Requests can be found here: PRIOR ART REQUESTS
The essential patent data should include somewhere:
- App Number:
- Publication Number:
- Prior Art Cutoff Date: Prior Art predating
- Availability for Challenge: (OPEN until [date] or CLOSED) (Typically six months after the publication date)
Summary - The RFPA should include a technical summary of the invention. The summary should be translated from legalese in the specification into English. Word substitution can be used to translate a general concept into a specific example for ease of explanation. Assume technically sophistication about the subject matter but limited experience reading patents.
Claim - The RFPA should also include the text of the main independent claim.
Call to Action - Finally, the RFPA should contain a clear call to action and links to the relevant FAQs on this site. Many readers may be technically sophisticated and knowledgeable about prior art but won't know what the requester wants them to do.
Tags - The question should be marked with FOUR basic tags
- The publication number, eg: us20120251688
- The tag prior-art-request to indicate that it is related to the search for prior-art
- The tag pre-grant if a patent application or post-grant if an issued patent
- The title of primary filing category, such as 3d-printing. This shouldn't be just a description of the area, but the actual filing class (455 in the case of Telecommunications) so that it can be directly tied to other similar patent applications.
Based on the experience to date, we recommend that users copy the following HTML for RFPAs. The HTML of the original text can be found by proposing an edit to this answer and copying the relevant portion of the text. Note that the links at the end of the text should be customized for each RFPA. Portions of the RFPA may be removed for clarity or length but please try to keep a consistent template if possible.
TITLE: INTERNET RADIO STATION PROGRAM DISCOVERY Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST
HELP SAVE STREAMING RADIO - This application seeks to patent a system for discovering new radio stations and podcasts online! Help narrow US patent applications before they become patents HERE
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Nov, 2008 that discusses:
- Creating a list of Internet radio station programs; and
- dynamically categorizing this list of programs by mapping a dynamically identified topic to a content classifier;
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. Only one piece of prior art per answer below. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO uses speech-to-text conversion on audio content.
TITLE: System And Method For Internet Radio Station Program Discovery
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A service for discovering Internet radio station programs. A list of Internet radio station programs is obtained. Each program on the list is categorized by mapping a topic to a program using a content classifier. User can discover new programs of interest from the list of programs based on the categories.
- Publication Number: US 20130110502 A1
- Assignee: Lemi Technology, LLC
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating November, 2008
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through Nov 2, 2013
- Note: This application is a continuation of US Patent 8,359,192. The applicant is attempting to “improve” the claims with this child patent by writing new (evidently broader) claims while retaining the original 2008 priority date. So prior art should predate November, 2008.
Claim 1 requires each an every step below::
A method comprising:
Obtaining a plurality of Internet radio station programs;
For each Internet radio station program of the plurality of Internet radio station programs, dynamically categorizing the Internet radio station program by mapping a dynamically identified topic of the Internet radio station program to a content classifier;
Enabling a user to discover an Internet radio station program of interest from the plurality of Internet radio station programs based on the dynamic categorizations for the plurality of Internet radio station programs.
In English this means:
- Creating a list of internet radio station programs
- “Dynamically categorizing” this list of programs by mapping a “dynamically identified topic” to a content classifier; and
- Allowing the user to discover programs from the list based on the “dynamic categorization” (presumably created by the classifier)
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to the November, 2008.
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming a method using all of the steps above and including speech-to-text conversion to categorize the radio station programs. Extra credit would include systems that do all of the steps above and also involve speech-to-text conversion.
"Internet Radio Station program discovery service" flow chart from the Applicant
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