This patent, applied for in 2004, and published in 2006, is so glaringly obvious, that I don't see how it could possibly have flied in 2006, let alone 2004.
The INVENTION: The E-BIBLE™ offers consumers a rechargeable,
battery powered, hand held, electronic personal assistant with
interactive software enabling a user to electronically access bible verses.»
In 1999, an acquaintance of mine had a Palm Pilot. I don't remember if the Bible was a text file, or an application for it.
Either way, it was a rechargeable, battery powered, hand held,
electronic personal assistant with interactive software enabling a user
to electronically access bible verses.
Furthermore, contrary to the claims within this non-patent, this non-inventor did not invent E-Bibles.
Franklin has been selling electronic Bibles since at least 2000. Going by the randomly downloaded manual, I'd suggest that they were doing so by 1993, and possibly as early as 1989. (NIV copyright dates are 1973, 1978, 1984.)
Thankfully, the the inventor of US6887081 B1 let his patent application lapse. Otherwise we'd all be in trouble.
Patent # US 20060123352 A1
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