Newly-Issued Patent may threaten Rich Media applications
You may have seen this already if you read tech news or blogs (Adena over at AllPoints Blog mentioned it this morning), but a patent issued on February 14th for web-based applications that use rich media like Flash, Ajax, and Java. That would mean that any Internet-base rich media applications that use dynamic movement, including video and animation, would potentially fall under the patent. Neil Balthaser, a former executive at Macromedia was awarded the patent, and it’s not clear whether it will stand up to challenge. There is also speculation that Balthasar will sell the patent to one of the big players, like Microsoft or Google, rather than try to enforce it.