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Am I missing something, or is just about everyone on the web who
uses a database in "violation" of this patent ... or to put it
differently, prior art from the Dawn of Time should have invalidated
"software maker Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE:NET) Friday received
a patent for storing metadata (define) on a server.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the
company patent number 6,393,424 for its technology, titled "Method
and apparatus for using a static metadata object to reduce database
accesses," which allows for fewer accesses by a server to a database
as the server satisfies requests from computers...
"When a person using a PC makes a request for data, the server often
accesses the associated database multiple times. Multiple accesses
could include an access to retrieve metadata, which in this
particular example describes the location of the data to be
accessed, and an access to actually retrieve the data using the
The actual patent is at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?
&d=ft00&S1=6,393,424&OS=6,393,424&RS=6,393,424 if anyone who can
grok this gibberish wants to look.