Message-ID: <34EFCC81.firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 17:58:09 +1100 From: Dudley Mills <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org CC: email@example.com Subject: Patentability of HTML tags. There has been some discussion in this forum about the patentability and desirability of patenting inventions based on specific new HTML (or SGML) tags such as in: "http://www.ozemail.com.au/~dudmills/CCGpatent.html" Inventions based on new tags have already been patented. Use the following URL: "http://www.patents.ibm.com/patquery.html" to see the patent front page, claims and full specification of the following patents: US 5,428,529 "Structured Document Tags Invoking Specialized Functions" Assignee: IBM Corp, Armonk, New York, USA Filed: 1990/Jun/29 Granted: 1995/Jun/27 Examiners: Gail O. Hayes, A. Bodendorf Relates to: New tags [CPR] and [/CPR] in SGML to indicate the start and end of copyright information and the uses of those tags. US 5,659,729 "Method and System for Implementing Hypertext Scroll Attributes" Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc., Mountain View, California, USA Filed: 1996/Feb/01 Granted: 1997/Aug/19 Examiners: Paul V. Kulik, Paul K. Lintz Relates to: An extension of the anchor element, eg 'SCROLL' in [a href=http://foo.com/bar.html/SCROLL="Some Text"]... wherein after loading bar.html the browser searches for "Some Text" and if found the browser displays bar.html starting at "Some Text". At the very least the granting of these patents demonstrates that inventions having a special new HTML or SGML tag or element as an essential component are considered patentable by their US Patent Examiners.