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My first thought on reviewing the patent was that Microsoft was patenting Java.
Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> Perhaps this is an unfortunate fifth birthday present for XML:
> (from news.com: http://news.com.com/2100-1001-984052.html)
> It appears to be a patent application on .NET and the CLR, but XML (and
> later namespaces) is mentioned repeatedly, within a scope that seems to
> keep growing. For starters, the first claim is:
>>1. A software architecture for a distributed computing system
>>comprising: an application configured to handle requests submitted by
>>remote devices over a network; and an application program interface to
>>present functions used by the application to access network and
>>computing resources of the distributed computing system.
> and then we see:
>>4. A software architecture as recited in claim 1, wherein the
>>application program interface comprises: a first group of services
>>related to creating Web applications; a second group of services
>>related to constructing client applications; a third group of services
>>related to data and handling XML documents; and a fourth group of
>>services related to base class libraries.
>>5. An application program interface embodied on one or more computer
>>readable media, comprising: a first group of services related to
>>creating Web applications; a second group of services related to
>>constructing client applications; a third group of services related to
>>data and handling XML documents; and a fourth group of services
>>related to base class libraries.
> These sound an awful lot like XML-oriented projects I have written and
> am writing. Anyone more knowledgeable than me have an explanation?