Hey, I made some Flash 3 animations in 1999. Doesn't that mean I
invented the concept of internet applications?
"A patent has been granted to a relatively unknown California Web-
design firm for an invention its creator says covers the design and
creation of most rich-media applications used over the Internet. The
patent holder, Balthaser Online Inc., says it could license nearly
any rich-media Internet application across a broad range of devices
Potentially tens of thousands of businesses--not only software makers
employing its business processes but companies offering rich-media on
their Websites--could be subject to licensing fees when they use rich-
media technology over the Internet.
The patent--issued on Valentine's Day--covers all rich-media
technology implementations, including Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax, and
XAML, when the rich-media application is accessed on any device over
the Internet, including desktops, mobile devices, set-top boxes, and
video game consoles, says inventor Neil Balthaser, CEO of Balthaser
Online, which he owns with his father Ken. "You can consider it a
pioneering or umbrella patent. The broader claim is one that
basically says that if you got a rich Internet application, it is
covered by this patent."