httpwebwitch - 5:12 pm on Jun 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
Not until today... but wow.
On one hand, I'm totally in favour of patents because they protect the inventor of very useful things. Like, the person who invented GIF compression SHOULD be rich. And whoever came up with the ideas for SQL and LDAP and SOAP and contextual ads and so on, they all deserve a pile of cash.
OTOH, developing anything for the Internet, since early patentgrabbers were able to patent the most absurdly generic ideas, is a minefield.
Some might call it a rite of passage for a successful business. When you get successful enough, all your innocuous patent infringements detonate. How nice that MLS is passing the settlement cost down to their data subscribers. </sarcasm>