Friday, February 24, 2006

[geek][politics] More patent stupidity

A patent for the design and creation of rich media services over the Internet, potentially covering Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax and XAML has been granted to America's Balthaser. Balthaser, a US company, has been awarded a patent which it claims covers the design and creation of rich media applications on the Internet. Balthaser announced on Tuesday that it has been granted US patent 7,000,180 by the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Okay, there's something really, really wrong with the state of US Patents, at least as far as software patents go... Surely someone had created web-based tools to create and publish rich content over the internet by the date these guys filed in 2001, right? You know, that whole 'prior art' thing? Particularly since 2001 is after the whole .com bubble... Geez.


Blogger Brian Dunbar said...

Just wait until we patent aerobraking and EVERY vehicle designed for re-entry must pay a royalty ...

No, I'm kidding. But someone will, mark my words.

2/24/2006 03:07:00 PM  
Blogger protected static said...

Why not? Can you figure out how to make money doing it? Because then you could patent it as a business process, and it'd probably be awarded.

Hmmm... Those royalties'd certainly pay for The Boy's college...

2/24/2006 08:14:00 PM  

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