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Coca-Cola Patented an HP-71B system?
Message #1 Posted by Hugo on 7 Oct 2000, 2:01 p.m.

I found this link by accident today :'4,800,492'.WKU.&OS=PN/4,800,492&RS=PN/4,800,492

This Patent was registered by Coca-Cola in 1989. They use a HP-71B with the HP-IL 82165A GP-IO interface as a Data Logger for Post Mix Beverage Dispensing System. Does anobody here ever heard of this system??

BTW, when you're on the page, click on the Image icon in the bottom of the page. You'll be able to see the content of the Patent. If you can't see it, click on Help on top of the screen and install the plug-in called AlternaTIFF.

No they didn't!
Message #2 Posted by Todd Garabedian (USA) on 8 Oct 2000, 7:33 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Hugo


Coca-Cola did not patent an HP-71B system. They patented an apparatus and system that logs how much of various beverages are dispensed (in a restaurant, for example) during a day. The system happens to USE an HP-71B and a GP-IO interface in one embodiment, but the claimed invention is not to the HP-71B system itself.

For HP collectors and enthusiasts, this patent is another example of the use of the HP-71B as a controller.

Todd Garabedian Glastonbury, CT USA

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