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   More Patent Follies?

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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 
metadata. " 

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.


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