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   RE: [xml-dev] US Patent 6,687,897

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I find it completely bizarre that this kind of thing can get past the
"obviousness" test.

The US Patent Office is clearly not applying stringent enough criteria.
What I would like to know is, is it a conspiracy (protectionism for the
US software industry, jobs for the lawyers), or is it just incompetence?

Michael Kay

> Systems, methods and data structures for encompassing scripts 
> written  
> in  one or more scripting languages in a single file. The 
> scripts of a  
> computer system are organized into a single file using Extensible  
> Language  Markup (XML). Each script is delimited by a file 
> element and  
> the script's  instructions are delimited by a code element 
> within each  
> file element.  Other information, such as a name of the script and a  
> functional  description of the script may also be included in 
> the file  
> using other XML  elements to delimit that information. The 
> language in  
> which a particular  script is written is also included within 
> the XML  
> format. When a  particular script is executed, the file is parsed to  
> create a list of the  script names or of the functional 
> descriptions of  
> the scripts. One or more  scripts are selected and the code 
> for those  
> scripts is extracted from the  file and executed by the appropriate  
> scripting process. The scripting  process that executes a particular  
> script is identified from the scripting  extension attribute that is  
> included in the XML format of the file."
> At very first glance, it appears to be another case of 
> "wrapping common  
> practice in XML tags makes it patentable".  Of course, there 
> could be  
> subtleties here that are more innovative than are apparent at first  
> glance, but needless to say it's hard to have any faith that 
> the USPTO  
> would be able to tell the difference.
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