Pardalis' Global IP
As supply chains become globalized, they are flattening and fragmenting. But they still continue to inefficiently share information “one-up/one-down”. Profound "bullwhip effects" in the chains cause managers to scramble with inventory shortages and product recalls. Add to this the increasing usage of personal mobile devices by managers and consumers seeking real-time enterprise information about materials and ingredient sources. To counter this, enterprise IT departments are shifting to apps and services. But enterprise data is a proprietary asset that must be selectively shared to be efficiently shared. To introduce greater trust and provenance in supply chains, the globally patented Common Point Authoring™ (CPA) system critically provides selective sharing which incorporates fixed data elements at a single location with meta-data authorizations.
Parent Patent (US 696 Patent)
Pardalis received issuance from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) of its first patent entitled "Informational object authoring and distribution system" on December 30, 2003. US Patent 6,671,696.
Figure 2 is a representation from the 696 patent of a granular, author-controlled, informational object around which this patent revolves. For more information, see the blogged entry of US Patent 6,671,696: Informational object authoring and distribution system (Pardalis Inc.).
See also an unsolicited opinion by Clive Boulton at Pardalis is Banking on Granular Information Sharing.
Second Patent (US 869 Patent)
Pardalis received issuance from the USPTO of its second patent entitled "Common point authoring system for tracking and authenticating objects in a distribution chain" on November 14, 2006. US Patent 7,136,869. The 869 patent further introduces the application of owner-controlled informational objects to complex and fragmented supply chains.
Third Patent (US 668 Patent)
Pardalis received issuance from the USPTO of its third patent entitled "Common point authoring system for the complex sharing of hierarchically authored data objects in a distribution chain" on May 24, 2011. US Patent 7,949,668. For a company news release regarding this issuance, see Pardalis announces issuance of third U.S. patent.
Fourth Patent (US 000 Patent)
Pardalis received issuance from the USPTO of its fourth patent entitled "Common point authoring system for the complex sharing of hierarchically authored data objects in a distribution chain" on November 6, 2012. U.S. Patent No. 8,307,000. For a company news release regarding this issuance, see Pardalis announces issuance of fourth U.S. patent.
Filings relevant to Pardalis' USPTO issued patents are being successfully pursued under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in the following countries:
- China (PRC)
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
Briefly discussing the prior art
In regard to multi-tenancy information sharing, the prior art to CPA at best refers to collaborative document editing systems where multiple parties share in the authoring of a single document. A good example of the prior art is found in a 1993 Xerox patent entitled 'Updating local copy of shared data in a collaborative system' (US Patent 5,220,657 - Xerox) covering:
“A multi-user collaborative system in which the contents as well as the current status of other user activity of a shared structured data object representing one or more related structured data objects in the form of data entries can be concurrently accessed by different users respectively at different workstations connected to a common link.”
By contrast, CPA's methods provide for the selective sharing of informational objects (and their respective data elements) without the necessity of any collaboration. More specifically, CPA provides the foundational methods for the creation and versioning of immutable data elements at a single location by an end-user (or a machine). Those data elements are accessible, linkable and otherwise usable with meta-data authorizations. This is especially important when it comes to overcoming the fear factors to the sharing of enterprise data, or allowing for the semantic search of enterprise data.
In regard to "electronic rights and transaction management", CPA's methods have been distinguished from a significant patent held by Intertrust Technologies. See Methods for matching, selecting, narrowcasting, and/or classifying based on rights management and/or other information (US Patent 7,092,914 - Intertrust Technologies). By the way, in a 2004 announcement Microsoft Corp. agreed to take a comprehensive license to InterTrust's patent portfolio for a one-time payment of $440 million.
CPA's methods have been further distinguished worldwide from object-oriented, runtime efficiency IP held by these leaders in back-end, enterprise application integration: Method and system for network marshalling of interface pointers for remote procedure calls (US Patent 5,511,197 - Microsoft), Reuse of immutable objects during object creation (US Patent 6,438,560 - IBM), Method and software for processing data objects in business applications (US Patent 7,225,302 - SAP), and Method and system to protect electronic data objects from unauthorized access (US Patent 7,761,382 - Siemens).
For more information, see The Roots of Common Point Authoring (CPA).