Nice one, Janet. Can I get priority booking? :) ----- Original Message ----- From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 11:49 AM Subject: Re: IBM Claims Patent Crown Again >> Of course, the total of 3,411 doesn't mention how many are really technological innovations, and how many are things like "Bracket for mounting disk drive in inverted position." (: Since you brought it up, below is the title and abstract from one of them... Janet Krueger Andrews Consulting Group -------------------------------------- Patent Number: US 6,329,919 B1 Date of Patent: Dec. 11, 2001 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING RESERVATIONS FOR RESTROOM USE Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus, system, and method for providing reservations for restroom use. In one embodiment, a passenger on an airplane may submit a reservation request to the system for restroom use. The reservation system determines when the request can be accommodated and notifies the passenger when a restroom becomes available. The system improves airline safety by minimizing the time passengers spent standing while an airplane is in flight. Contents: 64 Claims, 4 Drawing Sheets
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