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by Mike Masnick


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obviousness, patents, podcasting, prior art

Companies:
eff, volomedia



EFF Looks To Bust Bogus Podcasting Patent; Needs Prior Art

from the help-'em-out dept

Back in July, we wrote about how a company named Volomedia had gleefully announced that it had patented podcasting. The patent itself (7,568,213) seemed ridiculously broad, obvious and covered by prior art. On top of that, it was difficult to see how it passed the current (though, perhaps not for long) "Bilski" test for what can be patented.

It looks like the EFF has decided to be proactive about this and is looking for prior art with which to bust this particular patent. In the comments on our original post about this, reader Marcel de Jong, noted that Dave Winer described audio enclosures for RSS in a blog post in January of 2001 -- nearly three years before this patent was filed. Hopefully that is rather compelling prior art, but if anyone has any more info, please send it over to the EFF.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Nov 2009 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    what we have now is already a catastrophe and we must choose between the lesser of the catastrophes. I wouldn't mind an anti patent organization holding many patents and using them as leverage in counter suing corporations that sue for infringement. The EFF of course wouldn't try to buy a patent if it costs more to buy than to fight, for the ones that the seller wants to sell at a high price the EFF can fight and overturn them and also use its own patent base as a basis to counter sue as well.

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