AJAX and other rich media technologies patented?
This has to be a joke, some kind of twisted humor. Apparently the U.S. Government granted a patent to a web design company in California, one which:
…covers all rich-media technology implementations, including Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax, and XAML, when the rich-media application is accessed on any device over the Internet, including desktops, mobile devices, set-top boxes, and video game consoles…
Read the truly horrifying story at U.S. Grants Patent For Broad Range Of Internet Rich Applications (found through Zeldman).
I am not taking this serious really. The US Patent Office has become one big joke.
I don't see any way this could possible be enforced.
Ah what fun, made me chuckle anyways. Next they will patent blogs.
@karmatosed <blockquote cite="http://www.diaryofawebsite.com/">Next they will patent blogs
Been there, done that! LOL
Patent XAML and beat M$ at its own game? That would be interesting!
Joke it is not! 🙂
I am wondering, wheather it will hurt software like Firefox, IE, Opera – i.e. platfrom guys, or will hurt service vendors' portals – yahoo, google, microsoft, etc.
If first – we have nothing to worry about … They will settle 🙂
Looks like a hoax. And besides, that's exactly the reason why me and many others support the No Software Patents initiative.
I agree, I think there's no way this can be enforced…