The timeline of the meeting industry's technical evolution is central to the patent claims of Software Management Inc., a Pittsburgh-based meeting technology provider that has filed a patent application claiming the invention of 158 different meeting-related online processes. If a particular process was in public use more than a year before the SMI patent filing on December 30, 1998, then SMI's claim for that process is invalid. The American Society of Association Executives has put out a ...

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