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                            Subject: hi dan,
                            Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 06:03:38 -0700 (PDT)
                            From: Rene Pardo 
                            To: daniel.power@www.auks2008.cn
                            
                            
                            
                            Hi Dan,
                            
                            would you help me clear up misconceptions about the
                            world's first real electronic spreadsheet?
                            
                            Visicalc, Supercalc and TKSolver which appeared in the
                            late 70's did not have the natural order, forward
                            referencing ability which was the cornerstone
                            requirement of any quality spreadsheet software.
                            
                            Dan, you may recall that people had to "manually
                            recalc" the spreadsheet to refresh the screen as many
                            times as the cells kept changing - to deal with
                            interrelated cells.
                            
                            I co-invented the electronic spreadsheet in 1969 which
                            use I sold to Bell Canada, AT&T and its operating
                            companies, and Long Lines and General Motors etc from
                            1969 -73
                            
                            It was called LANguage for Programming Arrays at
                            Random because it in fact did include forward
                            referencing.
                            
                            There is a long patent application history which
                            followed through until 1983 when the software patent
                            was issued and I licenced Apple Computer within 90
                            days of it's issuance.
                            
                            The software operated on GE 400 series timesharing
                            computers and Honeywell 6000.
                            
                            I have no hard feelings towards Bricklin and
                            Frankston, but surely they know they did not invent
                            the electronic spreadsheet.  When I sometimes read
                            their comments regarding why they didn't patent their
                            spreadsheet it just surprises me, because a) they were
                            NOT the inventors of the spreadsheet b) Visicalc
                            didn't even incorporate forward referencing.
                            
                            I went through over 10 years of appeals until the CCPA
                            (Predecessor Court for the Federal Circuit) overturned
                            the Patent Office and told them to issue our patent.
                            
                            Any thoughts?
                            
                            :)
                            
                            rene
                            
                            
                            http://www.renepardo.com
                            
                            

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