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June 26, 2009

Rich-Media Invalidity

Another junk patent is on the prowl. How Neil Balthaser was allowed 7,000,180, claiming methods for creating and editing rich-media, is beyond rational explanation. There is a ton of prior art invalidating the patent. Balthaser has a four suits in East Texas with a slew of defendants. Network Solutions just settled, terms undisclosed.

Posted by Patent Hawk at June 26, 2009 7:40 PM | Litigation

Comments

Oh come on. I mean, there's only 83 claims. ;)

My favorite is claims that state things like "said accessing a user account comprises one or more of the following." All you need is ONE element to invalidate it (e.g., "accessing account information"). Any time you want to "access a user account" you're going to "access account information." So carefully read, claim 1 is invalid if all the art does is: "creat[e] a user account;" "access[] a user account;" and "view[] available options for creating rich-media applications." Idiotic.

Posted by: mmm at June 29, 2009 9:17 AM