Paul Allen sues over patents
and I'm sure he'll attract a lot of flak for that. But a side issue
interests me particularly:
The patents were originally awarded to Interval Research, a tech
R&D firm founded by Allen and former Xerox executive David Liddle in
1992. The firm was folded in 2000, and the patents were later
transferred to Interval Licensing.
This interests me because I have some unreleased code with very innovative features lying around. Hm, hm, hm.
Software patents are terrible, in so many ways. But maybe Interval's investors will get their money back now.
As an aside, I seem to have a problem with
one of the involved patents.
I wrote an
attention manager for occupying the peripheral attention
of a person in the vicinity of a display device
10-15 years ago. I filched the idea from someone else's UI, though, so
there may be an older patent, prior art, or both.