Fri, Dec 17, 2010
FlightPrep Patent Claim Turned Away -- Again
Here we go again... FlightPrep, which has been riding a
mounting wave of very bad juju from the industry, overall, as well
as repetitive repudiations from its 'competitors' is having another
bad day. Further; it has become pretty obvious that their program
claims appear to have gone astray while attempts to seek big bucks
from their patent efforts are going down in flames. This, as yet
another of the industry's leading online flight planning entities
has decided that FlightPrep's patent doesn't apply to their
The latest blow came late Thursday as Flight Plan, LLC
(FltPlan.com) announced that it is 'not affected by
FlightPrep’s U.S. Patent No. 7,640,098.'
FlightPrep recently contacted FltPlan.com concerning the patent
which is directed to “A Process for Generating Travel Plans
on the Internet.” In the letter, Chairman Roger Stenbock
suggested that FltPlan.com enter into a confidentiality agreement
to exchange confidential information.
After review of the patent, FltPlan.com states that 'it does not
believe it is relevant to the FltPlan.com website so confidential
or other discussions with FlightPrep are not warranted. FltPlan.com
has asked FlightPrep if it alleges the FltPlan.com website
infringes the patent but FlightPrep has not responded.'
“FlightPrep’s patent does not apply, nor is it
relevant to the FltPlan.com website”, stated
FltPlan.com’s President Ken Wilson.
“Since FltPlan.com does not use FlightPrep’s
patented technology, we have not been, nor will we be in
negotiations with FlightPrep.”
With over 100,000 users, FltPlan.com has been providing free online
flight planning since 1999 which is two years prior to the filing
of FlightPrep patent application which matured into U.S. Patent No.
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