Mr. Eugenides: Umm, doesn't that patent describe Usenet?Or for that matter, any public posting service like a blog or, a web site?
Marcus Aurelius: Fark it, just approve 'em all and let the lawyers sort it out.
nickerj1: It's original classification was wrong. What a surprise. Which means it was assigned to an examiner who examines things other than network and messaging BS on a regular basis. After cursory review of claim 1, my immediate impression is that there's an RSS system that anticipates it.
Holfax: Mr. Eugenides: Umm, doesn't that patent describe Usenet?Or for that matter, any public posting service like a blog or, a web site?No. If you read the claims, it looks like it is patenting the ability to "follow" other users and get their updates. Topic-based forums would probably be non-infringing. I'm not sure if it is different than Facebook walls, tho'. I just quickly scanned the claims.
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