Monday, March 26, 2012

Revised Executable QR code provisional patent filed

Ric has submitted a revised version of his patent for executable QR codes. The patent was filed with IP Australia tonight at appropriately 8pm with reference number SPEP-16112161 and covers the extended use of the popular QR code format to allow interactive transactions and macros between devices and Internet services.

The original patent filing documents are available here: but require a password to open. The password is available to business partners that are helping Ric roll out this business. 

Ever wondor why QR codes seem so interesting but fall short of what your gut says they should be able to do?

Executable QR codes take up where standard QR codes left off:

* A QR code on a web page that initiates payment and automates the exchange of credit card and delivery details without setting up an account.

* A QR code at a taxi stand that books a taxi and allows you to track the taxi as it drives towards you without typing anything in...

* A QR code that allows you to buy a can of Coke from a vending machine that is not Internet enabled.

* The ability to buy something from a QR code flashed at you while watching the shorts in a cinema.

* The ability to pay for your restaurant meal by taking a pic of a QR code printed on your bill.

*The ability to book a plumbing service and making an appointment by taking a picture of an executable QR code on a plumbers truck as they drive by.

In due course Ric will be producing an iPhone/ iPad app showcasing the capabilities of the technology.

How will Ric get around Apples probable perception that this will become a platform for a myriad mini apps?
The strategy to date is to include all the code segments that would be available to a specific version of the app in the initial submission to Apple, but by default only download the segments as needed by the user thus avoiding the downloading of any unnecessary segments of code. 

How will you control security for such a powerful application?
Similar to Apples current policy we will ensure that all submitted macros and code segments are thoroughly tested and the process of each macro not expose the user to abuses of the information on their device.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Video segment covering Australian Story crew


Echonet Daily did a video segment covering a visit by Australian Story for an update and closing chapter on the Uniloc/ Microsoft battle. This segment covers my support of the Gamma team as they try to make one of Nikola Tesla's major inventions work... well shot and edited with a nice comment from Kent Gordon who is a professional as always and one of Australia's great television story tellers... he even makes my story sound interesting...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Today Tonight runs a segment on the Settlement

Segment on Channel 7's Today Tonight

The above was aired last Thursday. Due to a bit of a kerfuffle I was not able to be interviewed for the show so I have promised them first dibs on the next big thing I do... they were good sports and I really do owe them...



Sunday, March 11, 2012

Some questions people have asked...

Thanks for visiting... and particularly thanks to all the visitors who have shown support over the years. Its was really appreciated. How kind of you all.

Following are some questions that people have asked as a result of the settlement with Microsoft:

  • Why is the amount of the settlement not disclosed?
  • We presume amicable means that the settlement amount was sizable... is it?
  • What are you going to do with the money that comes to you?
  • How do you feel now that it's over
Why is the amount of the settlement not disclosed?
Simply, the Uniloc team were the guys that reached settlement with Microsoft. There ability to represent the shareholders and me as the inventor was established over many years of trusted negotiation and work. There is no question that they obtained the best possible arrangement for the company with Microsoft and if part of that arrangement was for us to honor a request from Microsoft that we not disclose the amount of the settlement, then I think I am bound by that same act of good faith and have every confidence that it is for the good of the company and for our ongoing interaction with Microsoft over time.

We presume amicable means that the settlement amount was sizable... is it?
Again, I am honor bound to not disclose what little I know of the settlement to date, but logic states that if the arrangement was mutually amicable as Microsoft reported then I am confident it is the best arrangement we could of had for the company. The team is incredibly experienced now and there is no way that every opportunity was not explored. 

What are you going to do with the money that comes to you?
It's too early to start being specific about that. As I have said before my wife and I support a cause, but the amount available and how the company chooses to use it all need to be resolved before I can make any plans along those lines. Additionally there are a lot of other projects on the boil that cannot be interrupted so stopping everything to think about the money side is just not important at the moment. In fact, for the moment, all I want to enjoy is the satisfaction of sharing with the team in the benefits of having been tenacious and patient.

How do you feel now that it's over?
As I said above and in previous posts, the biggest thing at this moment so soon after the moment is the satisfaction of having stayed the course in support of the team at Uniloc. They really have done a great job.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Update on articles so far





This article (above) appeared in the UK publication The Register. Its great to see people being supportive. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/08/uniloc_vanquishes_microsoft/

Another from Smarthouse.com.au: 
Has OZ Developer Just Got $300M+ Out Of Microsoft?
Sad to say this article got a few things wrong. Besides settlement terms which are not being disclosed there are quite a few misconceptions to be corrected:
  1. No I was never an INXS roadie... I just worked a bit with Tim Farris at his home studio and have been friendly with their manager Chris Murphy for many years.
  2. They say I was domiciled in a VW Kombi for some years.... Wha? Never... I think they got this from the story about how I use a Ford Transit as a mobile office (I certainly never lived in it... my Mrs like a comfy home thank you very much). I don't do this out of necessity but rather by choice so that I can enjoy the beautiful scenery around Byron as I do my work.
  3. The judge in the jury case overturned the Jury decision and we WON the appeal to reverse his decision. The court case we just were in when we settled was to confirm the amount of damages we were to get.
  4. And no.. Im not an Aus developer... Im an inventor...
Just like to keep the facts straight.



Thursday, March 8, 2012

It's over!

Its over! Uniloc and Microsoft settled... finally. Quite understandably the settlement terms are not being disclosed in a gesture of goodwill for each party since it was according to Microsoft's spokesman a mutually agreeable resolution.

At some stage, what this means for Uniloc and Microsoft will become more apparent, but for me as the inventor it means the question mark hanging over my patent is no longer in question.

It's kind of like having your career anchored on a test you did when you were a kid and someone questioning your score decades after the fact... all you can do is stick to your position and hope the truth rings true.

Also, to be candid, having a large powerful corporation as a detractor is not an easy thing to deal with.

To be fair, the Uniloc team was the real relentless effort behind this good turn. Even though I started this by filing the patent 20 years ago, I have relied on the Uniloc team for much of the last 8 years to represent my interests along with the other shareholders of Uniloc as the case ran it's course.

For those of you who have been long term supporters and interested in the ongoing battle, I just want to say thanks on my own behalf. Most of this story played out in the States, but since winning the Jury verdict for $388 mill back in 2009, the subsequent Australian Story episode and the many articles following the case since then, pretty much all the notes and messages I have had have been of support and well wishes. Well thanks everyone.... it really was appreciated.

Ric

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Microsoft and Uniloc settle

Bloomberg reports that the case between Microsoft and Uniloc has been settled on amicable terms.

It's been along day so I will be filling everyone in more tomorrow. Great news.