Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


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ajax, patents, web 2.0



Patent That Could Sue Web 2.0 Out Of Business Up For Auction

from the well-this-could-be-interesting dept

The Register has an article about one of the patents up for sale in the latest Ocean Tomo auction that could potentially be used to sue pretty much every web 2.0 company. The patent, for "a global sideband service distributed computing method" is described by its owner as being a core component in any kind of AJAX implementation, and lists out basically everyone as infringing. Any site that uses AJAX? Yup. Google, eBay, Yahoo? Yup. Amazon's S3 service? You bet. Whether or not this patent is valid or whether any of these companies actually infringe on it are two wide open questions, but given how much money is being bet on lawsuits of this nature, you can bet someone will take a shot at it. And how long will it be before one of the patent system defenders shows up to claim that these firms clearly "stole" the technology?

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    Jason Still, 26 Mar 2008 @ 8:36am

    Re: Re: I'm reporting all of you...

    interesting...preview showed the slashes (should be [backslash]n and [backslash]r[backslash]n) but submitting removed them...bug with adding and stripping slashes before DB insertion, perhaps?

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