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George Duke wrote on 2014-02-10 UTC
Patent proceedings are supposed to be conducted with the utmost decorum and integrity in any country.  http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6981700.PN.&OS=PN/6981700&RS=PN/6981700.  Arimaa does not disclose any material published in Chess Variant Page, yet appears to have drawn on ideas from other CV inventors [each individual responsible for own work]. Moreover, some referenced patent documents would seem to be irrelevant. It's reasonable over-all to patent this usp6981700 as unique, but the novelty is not quite honestly disclosed in the description.  Since Arimaa by Variantists' high standards is subpar CV and game anyway, this critique will be intermittently developed.  Some AI articles constantly kneejerk referencing Arimaa as landmark drone without rigour, and their authors unschooled in CVs should be embarrassed.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arimaa.

Like as just one example, Carrera-Bird-Capablanca-Seirawan BN and RN compounds are periodically returned to as topic, to the extent Arimaa continues to be overplayed in Chess press undeservedly, the critiques will revive and deepen.

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