Re: Freedom Scientific, Inc. Asked to Cease Lawsuit Against Serotek Corporation

  • From: "Gary King" <w4wkz@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 13:29:12 -0500

Ted,

Actually, Freedom Scientific was formed in April of 2000, and Serotek was founded in November of 2001, according to their Web pages. However, FS didn't seem too interested in them until recently. Maybe FS got a little nervous when Serotek invaded their home turf. In February of this year, Serotek announced that the Florida Division of Blind Services was testing their remote access solutions. Maybe Yardbird's comment about the big dog marking its territory wasn't too far off the mark.

Gary King
w4wkz@xxxxxxxx

----- Original Message ----- From: "Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)" <Ted.Lisle@xxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 7:44 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom Scientific, Inc. Asked to Cease Lawsuit Against Serotek Corporation


And I'll bet the other company was already around when the conglomerate
chose its present name.  That's almost as dumb as Nextel trying to take
a patent on the phrase "push to talk."  CB'ers, hams, and users of
virtually every other public and private radio service are still
guffawing about that one, as the phrase is just about as old as the
microphone.

Ted

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2007 7:07 PM
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Freedom Scientific, Inc. Asked to Cease Lawsuit Against
Serotek Corporation


The other company, Serotek, have long made a rival screen reader,
Freedom Box:

http://www.freedombox.info/

The text of Freedom Scientific's complaint has been made available at:

http://www.shandrow.com/fs_vs_serotek_complaint.txt

Basically, they're claiming that the word "Freedom" in "Freedom Box"
could lead people to believe the product is created by Freedom
Scientific.

--
Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

John Ramsey wrote:
What is the lawsuit about? I have no idea who this other company is or
what
they provide, so I am totally lost.
Take care,
John

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf
Of Darrell Shandrow
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2007 5:20 PM
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; jfw-employment@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx;
blindtech@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Freedom Scientific, Inc. Asked to Cease Lawsuit Against
Serotek
Corporation


Freedom Scientific, Inc. Asked to Cease Lawsuit Against Serotek
Corporation



An online petition is being circulated to everyone in the assistive
technology industry and the blind community for the purpose of
collecting
signatures showing support for the concept that Freedom Scientific,
Inc.
should cease their lawsuit against Serotek Corporation.



May 20, 2007 -- We at the Blind Access Journal call upon everyone in
the
assistive technology industry and the blind community to sign the Save
Serotek Petition found at http://www.saveserotek.org asking Freedom
Scientific, Inc. to cease their trademark infringement lawsuit against
Serotek Corporation. After allowing sufficient time to collect a
significant
number of signatures, the signed petition will be sent, via certified
mail,
to the Board of Directors of Freedom Scientific, Inc. We invite
redistribution of this press release to all interested parties, post
it on
blogs, discuss it on podcasts and insure its wide distribution to all
independent and mainstream media outlets. E-mail, MSN Windows Live
Messenger, Skype and telephone queries are welcome from all interested
in
this vital effort. We thank you in advance for your support.



Darrell Shandrow - Accessibility Evangelist
Visit http://www.SaveSerotek.org and ask Freedom Scientific to stop
suing!
Information should be accessible to us without need of translation by
another person.
Blind Access Journal blog and podcast:
http://www.blindaccessjournal.com
Check out high quality telecommunications services at
http://ld.net/?nu7i



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