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Microsoft claims RSS?

Does M$ tries again to steal other people's invention?

8:32 am on Dec 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft filed a patent application which could be broadly considered as inventing RSS technology:
Link to patent [appft1.uspto.gov]

Or, do they just want to play safe in order to secure implementation of RSS in Vista?

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12:30 am on Dec 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm no patent attorney and don't claim to understand all the jargon in that document, but a quick perusal seemed to show a web syndication platform that incorporated feeds, including RSS. It looked like this platform might be able to syndicate a lot more than just RSS. I'd be interested to see if there were any media comment about this patent by some knowledgeable sources.
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System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/rss_atom/3199191.htm [webmasterworld.com] by bill - 10:59 am on Dec. 25, 2006 (jst +9)

A content syndication platform, such as a web content syndication platform, manages, organizes and makes available for consumption content that is acquired from the Internet. In at least some embodiments, the platform can acquire and organize web content, and make such content available for consumption by many different types of applications. These applications may or may not necessarily understand the particular syndication format. An application program interface (API) exposes an object model which allows applications and users to easily accomplish many different tasks such as creating, reading, updating, deleting feeds and the like.

Content syndication platform [appft1.uspto.gov] - Patent application at USPTO

Introducing the Windows RSS Platform [msdn.microsoft.com] - Microsoft Windows RSS Platform introduction at MS

A lot of aggregators already offer features described in the patent it will be interesting to see how this plays out.