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4 May, 2015 By: Art Diamond

Whether you are an OEM or aftermarket player in the imaging industry, an attorney, a legal aide, a supplier of raw materials or finished products, completing this searchable data base might someday prove a critical asset in the event you are confronted with a patent infringement lawsuit.

As German patent attorney, Dr. Katja Dauster, explains, the discovery of prior art, in trade publications, public seminars, text books and other disclosures in the public domain is “A powerful defense against patent lawsuits” (Recycling Times, Issue #57, p. 53).

Recharger magazine published a total of 295 issues from 1989 to 2014, of which Cal Poly has collected 272, now in shelves at its San Luis Obispo, California campus. Called “The Michlin Collection” because most of these magazines were donated to the University by Steven B. Michlin, President of LaserLand (Sylvan Lake, Michigan), this resource is available for search by students, faculty, attorneys and their agents, paralegals, and other qualified individuals. Access to the collection will start with a phone call or email to either Prof. Kenneth L. Macro, Jr. or Ms. Lyndee Sing (contact info below).


Dr. Harvey Levenson, Professor Emeritus at California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly), writes “The collection of Recharger magazines, generously donated by Steve Michlin, has become a major searchable resource in what is now the largest graphic arts library in existence. The library is housed in Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department (San Luis Obispo, California). The department is one of the largest and best known in the world with the mission of providing information for use in graphic communication education and industry.” Continues Levenson, “To best serve these needs, it is important that our many collections are as complete as possible. By assisting in locating and providing the few missing issues of Recharger magazine, you will have become a ‘partner in education’ and an important industry advocate.”

Patent examiners at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have the responsibility of searching issued patents, pending applications and other available resources, to discover whether or not prior art exists. However, with a limited amount of time allotted, they cannot cover all of the pertinent literature to determine whether the disclosure, idea, concept, device, etc., ever appeared in the public domain.

Because Recharger magazine published many technical articles and “How To” instructions, it is one of the most likely sources of prior art revelation. For this reason, we respectfully ask for your help in completing a valuable data base for everyone’s use.

As the following list illustrates, Cal Poly is missing 23 Recharger magazines in order to complete a full set for current and prior art searches and all other possible uses. If you have one or more of the following issues, please contact me directly.




YEAR              MONTHS

1989:              Sep/Oct/Nov/ Dec

1990:                     All except Sep

1991:                     Jan/Feb/Sep

2004:                     Apr

2011:                     Sep/Nov/Dec

2012:                     Jan


                                                                         Telephone / Email

Art Diamond                            805.640.7177      drc@west.net

Dr. Harvey R. Levenson         805.466.3745      hlevenso@calpoly.edu

Prof. Kenneth L, Macro          805.756.2257      kmacro@calpoly.edu

Ms. Lyndee Sing                     805.756.2645      Lsing@calpoly.edu


Art Diamond is an experienced veteran in the office supplies industry and Senior Consulting Editor for Recycling Times. Email drc@west.net / http://www.irecyclingtimes.com

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