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   Re: [xml-dev] Worst patents of all time?

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Here we go again ...

See also Simon's O'Reilly Weblogs entry  at

"San Mateo, CA, January 17th, 2002 - Voquette, Inc., a leading provider of
semantic enterprise software solutions, announced today that it has been
awarded its first patent in the field of the Semantic Web. Voquette's
enterprise solutions are based on its patented SCORE (Semantic Content
Organization and Retrieval Engine) technology that enable businesses to
automate the process of aggregating, classifying, semantic meta-tagging and
relating content of any type, thus providing real-time semantic applications
for search, personalization and custom research in Web-enabled and
enterprise environments 

US Patent number 6,311,194 covers systems and methods for creating a
semantic web and related applications in browsing, searching, profiling,
personalization and advertising. The patent deals with two major facets:

Knowledge-based and other techniques to automatically and semi-automatically
extract and enhance semantic or domain specific metadata from structured,
semi- structured and unstructured content 

Semantic applications that exploit context-sensitive metadata for providing
the user with highly relevant information and interactivity."



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