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2000-06-30 02:27:30+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Via Scripting News, Microsoft patents CGI. The crucial claim here seems to be that

...when the client program subsequently sends a request to invoke a function of the object class, the state information is included in the request so that the function can perform its behavior based on the state information.

ie: "Rather than instantiating the object on the target processor we transmit the object forward and the delta information backward with every invocation." So, if there are any supporters of the patent process left, tell me again why you still are.

[ related topics: Intellectual Property Dave Winer Microsoft ]

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:08+00 by: Dan Lyke

I've thought about the abstract a bit more, and as I read it this applies to pretty much any situation where the instance calls transmit all the necessary object information. Like, for instance, my color selection code, if one defines the cookie which contains the color scheme information as an object and the script which operates on it as a method call.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:08+00 by: ziffle

"So, if there are any supporters of the patent process left, tell me again why you still are." Well, I want to be; after all if I invent something... but it does make me weary when they patent such obvious things. The issue is the process of assigning patents, not the rights of the inventor. I think I will patent the process of assigning patents, because whatever process they are using is NOT OBVIOUS! <g> Ziffle