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« on: May 26, 2006, 04:37AM »
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Wow, great detective work Primo! I'm still curious about that Novag stuff though.
Looks like we could almost write a chapter about chess computers and lawsuits. Tasc, Fidelity, DataCash...

Looks like it's no different from other technology companies as we see today!

That just reminded me, I once saw, searching for patents, that someone filed one that seemed to be for an "electronic chess machine" before Ron Nelson, but I don't think they ever built it. It must be in some of the posts in the back. You could find it interesting.

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2006, 05:09PM »
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Ismenio, I think we got it here!

Lawsuit filed by Fidelity Electronics:
The Bowmar - Fidelity dispute arose over the late delivery of computer keyboards from Bowmar to Fidelity.
Fidelity successfully sued Bowmar for late delivery, claiming it damaged Fidelity’s business. On Oct. 7, 1983, a jury awarded Fidelity $1 million.

Arky Freed (defended Bowman in the lawsuit filed by Fidelity) sued Bowmar for $98,000 in legal fees the firm claimed Bowmar hadn’t paid.
Bowmar countersued Arky Freed for negligence, charging the lawyers who handled its case with Fidelity had failed to investigate and present testimony that would have reduced the damages it lost.

The Miami jury found Arky Freed guilty of legal malpractice and awarded $500,000 to Bowmar.

Full story: (1986)
http://www.hlhlawfirm.com/CM/NewsArticles/NewsArticles11.asp

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2006, 01:57PM »
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Yes, I had never head of any lawsuit involving Fidelity until last year when I was researching their old addresses I came across a file with some details on the suit. I thought I had saved that but couldn't find it today.

Here's what I found online:

The title of suit was: Novag Industries, Ltd., et al. v. Fidelity Electronics, Ltd., 221 USPQ (BNA) 190, C.D. Cal 1982

This is the attorney who worked on the case (Joseph W. Price Jr):
http://www.swlaw.com/attorneys/attorney_display.asp?aid=521

Scroll down to the Representative Cases towards the bottom of the page and you'll see:



The PDF file below has a quick reference to a "previous" case, apparently involving Fidelity. I don't know if that's the same but in this reference the other company was BOWMAR INSTRUMENT CORPORATION, which I believe deals with medical instruments.

http://www.law.fsu.edu/library/flsupct/71719/op-71719.pdf

That's all I have. If anyone finds anything else please let me know.
With the reference here we can probably dig the details from some public record database.

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2006, 12:53PM »
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It was the 25th anniversary for Chess Champion MK1, which was the first chess computer I played against 

It was DataCash who sued JS&A (Joe Sugarman who had a successful mail order company called Joseph Sugarman & Associates in Northbrook Illinois), this was not the last time JS&A were seen in court: In 1983 Atari sued JS&A for their PROM BLASTER - a machine for copying Atari 2600 cartridges, apparently JS&A had about 12.000 subscriptions for the machine, but they were enjoined to deliver as Atari won.
Later JS&A got in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission for non-delivery of merchandise.

Fidelity in a lawsuit? never heard about that!

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2006, 02:39AM »
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Hi Primo

It is good to have another fan of the Oldies on board. Which anniversary?

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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2006, 07:51PM »
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Hi Primo!

Thanks for your kind words. You know, that's one aspect of this that really fascinates me: the history! The factoids, etc.
Sadly, not much is really documented or easy to find.

Speaking of lawsuits, once I found one where Fidelity was involved! I'll try to dig that up.

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2006, 08:54PM »
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Hi all!

I'm new to this forum - what a great community and a real knowledgebase made by the collectors!

I was poking around in some old threads and found one about "Chess Computer Role In Software Copyright"  by Ismenio:

http://users.boardnation.com/~chesscomputers/index.php?board=1;action=display;threadid=22

Quite interesting, I did research on this myself some years ago - I wanted to give one of my ol' Chess Computers a tribute due to it's anniversary and stumpled across this landmark lawsuit.

These tiny monsters has a lot history!


/Latest chess computer: Master 1 (!)

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