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#1 Andrax

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 01:14 PM

The United States Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week granted design company Balthaser the rights to a patent that covers the creation of rich media applications on the Internet. While it may not seem like the news is of any consequence, the San Francisco-based company intends to demand payment from those using a range of Web technologies.

The awarding of the rights to Balthaser is sure to again stir controversy regarding the patent process, especially in light of recent patent fights involving companies such as Visto and NTP.

Companies who build applications using Flash, AJAX, Java, or a host of other methods to deliver rich content could all be affected.

"This new addition to our patent portfolio is a pioneering patent and provides significant licensing opportunities for both Balthaser and our licensees," CEO and chairman Neil Balthaser said in prepared remarks.

If the patent is allowed to stand, it could mean millions -- if not billions -- of dollars in revenue for Balthaser through licensing fees and royalties. However, questions have already arisen on its validity.

According to press reports, Balthaser filed for the patent on February 9, 2001. However, in 1999 a system to create multimedia content online was released by a company called Javu Technologies.


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Posted 23 February 2006 - 01:32 PM

Prior art, this patent should never have been issued.

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 01:40 PM

Prior art, this patent should never have been issued.


Agreed.

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 02:04 PM

Prior art, this patent should never have been issued.


Agreed.


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Posted 23 February 2006 - 03:56 PM

I think someone tried to patent the use of HTML to download files. That was about in the same league I believe.
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Posted 23 February 2006 - 08:25 PM

I patent the use of electrons to transmit messages. pwnd ju all. :devil:
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 08:25 AM

I am pattenting the use of solar energry to convert CO2 into O. Plants learned to do this from me, so anytime someone buys a plant, they will have to pay me a cut for teaching the plants to do this.

You are all welcome. My next pattent application centers around the body's ability to convert plant and animal material (aka food) into energy.

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 08:58 AM

I'm going to go ahead and patent the excrement that comes from your process, making royalties every time you do.
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 02:10 PM

I'll patent the process wherby the lungs convert O2 into CO2 thereby getting royalties whenever anyone exhales.
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 03:38 PM

I claim the patent on blinking of eyes or any other ocular type of input. :)
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 04:55 PM

I'm patenting interaction with the construct of physical and or metaphysical reality. Anyone or anything interacting with reality in any way must pay licensing fees.

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jk, the big guy upstairs already owns that patent, you know who I'm talking about... Carl. :lol: