Understanding_RSS_Patents_And_Meta_Data by marcusjames

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Understanding RSS Patents And Meta Data

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Summary:
There are some issues regarding patent applications of RSS and different
aspects of Meta Data and what its overall effects would be. When
companies are able to patent obvious technical innovations and
successfully prevent other companies from moving forward, an unhealthy
situation occurs. So how do patents really work in the software industry?

Are Patents Important?

Some say that the US Patent System has become a murky swamp for the tech
industry where only corporations...


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Article Body:
There are some issues regarding patent applications of RSS and different
aspects of Meta Data and what its overall effects would be. When
companies are able to patent obvious technical innovations and
successfully prevent other companies from moving forward, an unhealthy
situation occurs. So how do patents really work in the software industry?

Are Patents Important?

Some say that the US Patent System has become a murky swamp for the tech
industry where only corporations with deep pockets are considered safe.
The long standing resistance to patents is based on the belief that it
has become a barrier to innovation. The idea that a small firm’s freedom
to innovate is curtailed by the existence of so many patents in the
software industry persists. At least one research contradicts this
premise that large companies use claims of patent infringement to fend-
off smaller competitors. It further claims that small businesses can
actually use patents to their advantage even in an industry that has seen
an explosion of new patents in the past decades.

The experts' advice to small companies is to come up with a patent
strategy before starting operation. Research data would show that there
is a significant correlation between the pursuit of patents and the
future success of start-ups. It has been found out that start-ups with
patents are four times more likely to go public than those without. Only
half of this number is expected to fail especially as they receive much
more in financing. The people that excel in this area are those that
recognize threats to their developed technology as a serious problem.
Those that do not bother to take steps for intellectual property
protection consistently fared worse.
Newly published patent applications can be searched at the US Patent and
Trademark Office. It can be done online by browsing through industry
category or by doing keyword search. The site provides searches by
keyword and lists of patents applications by location, agent and law firm
name, city of the agent and inventor name.

RSS Patents and the Different Aspects of Meta Data

When Apple Computer filed for patents on some uses of RSS as well as
patents covering Meta Data management, it gave rise to a prolonged and
extended discussion about its probable effects. One applied patent deals
with variable length posts. A user can modify how a feed is displayed, in
what order and how it is formatted in one embodiment. This also includes
how much of a particular content is to be displayed. Another embodiment
provides modification regarding how a displayed feed is stored so that it
can be used again at a later time.

There is also a filed patent that deals directly with auto-discovery.
Disclosure of technique for detecting, managing and presenting
syndication XML feeds is done. An embodiment allows a web browser to
automatically determine when a web site is publishing feeds and notifies
the user for easy access. One other embodiment facilitates browser
capability to determine whether a web page or feed is advertising
relationship XML while displaying information about the people identified
with such.

A series of Apple related patent applications include one that makes some
broad claims for a web browser user interface that enables a user to
switch between displaying a file and displaying a feed related to the
file. There are also applications that make claims on managing Meta Data
and indices. These claims are considered incredibly broad as one
application basically claim that Apple owns the ability to aggregate Meta
Data from two or more programs for searching.

There is a fear that if such application with a very broad coverage is
approved, it could effectively lock out all newcomers from the field. It
could easily impact other player’s ability to implement its search
techniques as well. Whether or not such a scenario is possible, one thing
remains clear: users will not appreciate anything that gets in the way of
improving the feed-reading experience.

An abstract of a patent application for methods and systems for managing
data such as Meta Data appears this way. In one method, Meta Data from
files created by several different software applications are captured
which is then searched. The type of information in Meta Data from one
type of file differs from the type of information in Meta Data for
another type of file. Other methods are described as well as data
processing systems and machine-readable media.

A patent application for the methods and apparatuses for processing Meta
Data is as follows: One embodiment provides that when a file having Meta
Data is received, the Meta Data or at least a portion of the content of
the file is extracted from the file to generate a first set of Meta Data.
An analysis is performed on the extracted Meta Data and the content to be
able to generate a second set of Meta Data. This may include Meta Data in
addition to the first set. The second set may then be stored in a
database suitable to be searched for identification or location of the
file. Other methods and applications are likewise described.

For methods and systems for managing an index database, the patent
application is as follows: An index database is stored on a machine
readable volume with an operating system and the files which have been
indexed. After storing, the volume is made available for distribution to
licensees or customers. The volume will include a previously created
index database which allows the user to begin use of the index database
without having to perform an indexing operation.

Another patent application for systems and methods for managing Meta Data
provides that a search through the Meta Data database is performed. This
is done when a selection of at least one file having Meta Data stored in
a Meta Data database is received and a selection of a command to search
using at least a portion of the Meta Data is also received. This
particular application likewise describes other methods, data processing
systems and machine readable media.

It would be very interesting to see if claims such as those mentioned
above will survive. The approval of patent applications largely depends
on the claim having precedence over the practices of others. Non-
obviousness is another consideration which can be used as a main argument
against most patent applications.

								
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