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Patent

Patent

Number
of Patent

4506387

Date

Mar
Griffin

19

1985

PROGRAMMING.ON.DEMAND SYSTEM AND METHOD
Inventor Howard
Fort

CABLE

Primary
Assistant

ExaminerRobert

Walter

P.O
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Box

Attorney

Greer ExaminerTimothy Agent or FirmAlbert Jeffers

Anthony

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ABSTRACT
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May 25

1983

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