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  2. Any other questions for me? Something other than this patent topic?
  3. If I'm ultimately the sole owner of the patents, this won't be an issue. Actually, the validity of the patents is not an issue at all. A specific, unique process can be patented. One of InterNACHI's full-time technical document translators is a patent attorney. She works for us. The patents are valid and have already been awarded. It's the defense costs to the individual inspector who has to prove in court that he/she isn't using the patented process that is the issue. Ask any E&O insurance company... defense costs, not claim merit, is the issue. Anyway, as a plan B, I've underwritten a defense fund should the steps I've already taken to protect members fail and another member gets sued. For the time being, this issue is resolved.
  4. I don't know. By the time a coalition forms, Home Safe may no longer own the patents. Although it's unlike InterNACHI to remain neutral in a fight... this whole thing is currently a non-issue for InterNACHI members.
  5. Bill Loden writes: No, you broke the agreement with your press release. With the exception of taking the immediate action I told you I had to take to help my member (not yours) who had been sued personally, who had a home that was at risk, who publicly explained he could not financially afford to fight, who asked for my help, and who was required by the court to file a response quickly... I did nothing but work on my own IR patent application. I have experience writing standards (see www.nachi.org/comsop I am the lead author of that standard) and experience with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (I do all of InterNACHI's Trademark applications ). I am also in a uniquely strong position to author and apply for our own patent without risk of being accused of copying Home Safe's process, because I actually have never read their process and can testify under oath that I've never read it. You can imagine my surprise when you violated our "gentlemen's agreement" and put out an industry-wide press release regarding Home Safe that criticized me personally for helping my own member by having the suit withdrawn. Kurt posted your press release in his post #19 dated September 1, 2013, should you need to refresh your memory. You will note that in your post #97 Bill, you claim that I broke my word and unilaterally made a deal with HomeSafe (see your exact quote above). This is a lie. I did no such thing prior to ASHI putting out that press release referencing me. As evidence, you will note that ASHI's press release makes no mention of any such deal, because at the time, no such deal existed. You released me from our gentlemen's agreement when you breached it by unilaterally blasting out a press release to everyone. You gave me your word (which you admit to doing on this message board)... and then you immediately broke it big time with an industry-wide press release referencing me in an unflattering way. Until today, I made no public complaint of this. You brought it up, not me.
  6. I'm not sure which questions are for me. If you have a question for me, start the question with my name so that I know that I am to answer. I think this one is meant for me: Because there is no coalition and my attempts to form one failed. For example, I asked ASHI if they would help and they turned me down explaining that they couldn't even commit $1,000 toward it because they have a 21-member board of directors that has to approve everything. Both major manufacturers turned me down too. So, I had to go it alone.
  7. Scott Patterson asks: With regard to your first question, I took actions to accomplish three goals: The first was to have the lawsuit against the inspector withdrawn. I achieved that goal just in time on the morning the inspector's response was due to be filed. I believe I had 6 hours left before he could potentially have lost by default. The next concern was to protect my members from immediate subsequent lawsuits and legal threats. I was able to achieve that goal, at least for now. The last goal was to provide a safe haven for all inspectors, not just InterNACHI members. When Bill Louden first called me about this issue (he called me last month, I didn't call him), I promised him and Frank Lesh that I wouldn't leave ASHI members out on a limb and that I would try to find a way to provide this safe haven for ASHI members who use IR cameras as well as InterNACHI members. I kept my promise. As for your second question, I just don't see your premise about being "spiteful" as having any truth relative to the comments made on this message board and when held against this message board as a backdrop. If you search back through this message board you will find plenty of spiteful and disrespectful comments about InterNACHI and me personally. Let me support this contention without wasting too much of your time using the search button. Let's take the first 3 pages of this very thread as a small sample of the comments made about InterNACHI and me. I leave them to the individual readers of this thread to judge: Post #15: Post #16: Post #22: Post #24: Post #25: Post #26: Post #27: Post #28: Post #43: Post #45: Post #45: Post #50: Post #53: Post #53: Post #53: Post #53: Post #53: Post #53: Post #53: Post #53: Post #55: Post #56: Post #56: Post #57: Post #64: Post #65: Post #69: Post #69:
  8. No sooner does Kurt throw down his "cut and run" insult... he ends up having to unexpectedly leave the forum for a week. That's the trouble with assuming I "cut and run" (Kurt's words, not mine) just because I couldn't get over here immediately. Sometimes other things in life take priority. Anyway, I'll return in a week to answer any questions. Thanks.
  9. Yep. I accepted his challenge and his terms and he ran out of the ring. In a puff of smoke, Kurt was gone.
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