BackWeb Technologies is suing Microsoft for infringement of four of the company’s patents. The firm filed a lawsuit against the software giant on 20 March with the US District Court in San Francisco. BackWeb has accused Microsoft’s Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Windows Update and other products of infringing …
so anyone 'pushing' data to an application is infringing on a patent?!
That doesnt sound right
what's the betting said patents are vague, woolly listings of prior art?
Mines the one with the patent for "ingesting oxygen into complex organisms through the use of respiration" in the pocket
Um why now?
BITS first came out in 2001. So why did they wait so long ?
Not quite true who was first
Pointcast was doing it years before BackWeb.
What happened to "previous art"
Ever wonder when the USPTO is going to get some people who know what the concept of "previous art" means? Copying files between computers has been established for quite some time now. Anybody remember uucp? Kick it off with a crontab entry and ignore it. Software patents are stupid because the patent office keeps rubber-stamping these things. If the office were to actually examine them, they would be rejected 99% of the time.
The more insanely retarded patent claims we have the closer we get to having the idiot system overhauled.
The fact it is targeted at Mickeysoft is a bonus!
Paris, because she's the ultimate push client
Sorry I wrote software to push (and pull) software and data updates automatically way back when the only comms was dial up modems running at 1200 baud. As soon as autodial modems came out we wrote our own software and implemented it for our customers to replace manual methods which had been used in the past.
That was probably around 1984. Clear prior art! It even included recovery from point of failure, error checking (as not all modems were then) and numerous other 'modern' features.