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I have a small tidbit of information relevant to Atari and the early video game industry. The concept of the video game
was invented at a company called Sanders, now part of Lockheed-Martin. I currently work for Sanders and it is part
of the company lore. Ralph Baer is engineer who came up with the idea. He put together bread board electronics to
make the first pong game. The company applied for a patent and wrote it up broadly enough that it applied to ALL
video games, not just pong. I did a search on the patent database, here is a link:

http://164.195.100.11/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/search-bool.html&r=3&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=pt77&s1='video+game'&OS="video+game"&RS="video+game"

Now, sanders is a defense contractor so it was not in their interest to go into the video game business themselves.
They licensed it out to other companies that were interested. I think Magnavox might have been first. Anyone
remember the Oddessy game system? Sanders collected royalties from ALL the video game manufacturers up until a
few years ago when the patent expired. Without owning the intellectual property to the business they were in I'm not
sure Atari could be called a gorilla. But I haven't read up on the rules for gorillas yet...I just see all the references to it
:) I saw this thread on the best of feature and thought you might be interested in this little bit of history.

Tom Gunn
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