Microsoft, Out to Prove that the U.S. Patent System is Broken
Posted by direwolff on December 22, 2006
At least that’s my take, because to have the audacity to waste their internal staff’s time, as well as that of the patent office’s time, to create and review applications that they be granted the patent to RSS, has to be their way of exposing the insanity which today we call our patent system. The blogosphere is all a-buzz about this and rightly so. Here are the patent applications in question, 20060288011 and 20060288329. It would be interesting to see what, if any, prior art was mentioned in these applications given that such a list would no doubt have to include mention of Netscape and UserLand (Dave Winer), not to mention so many others since this was worked mostly in an open source arrangement.
If Microsoft even gets close to getting this patent, I think it’s time to throw in the towel and admit that our system doesn’t just suck, but that it isn’t a patent system at all. If you ever get a chance to check out the book Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy, you’ll find out that this prior assessment I’ve made contingent on the success of these patent applications, is already the state of affairs but it affects too many people so no one is willing to call a spade a spade.