[JDEV] Slashdot article on IM Bots patent

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Thu Aug 15 14:56:49 CDT 2002

The scary thing is, these people were actively applying their technology
to use over Jabber at one point (not sure if they still are) -- talk about
bad faith.


Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation

On Thu, 15 Aug 2002, James MacMillan wrote:

> Slashdot just put up a story that should be of interest to everyone on 
> this list.
> Apparently, the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a huge patent 
> to ActiveBuddy that
> covers every step of IM bot technology.
> It is completely ludicris, but it does exist.
> http://slashdot.org/articles/02/08/15/1350230.shtml?tid=155
> (links from the text of the article)
> http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/1446781
> http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=ft00&s1=activebuddy&OS=activebuddy&RS=activebuddy
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