Yup; that's "Shodouka". (The site is down right now,
though; the machine blew a gasket or something.)
> The way crit.org worked was publicly known more than a year ago,
> presumably more than a year before they applied for their patents.
> Thus the way crit.org worked is not eligible for patenting. However,
> you might have to get sued for patent infringement and prove this in
> court to get the patent thrown out.
Well, it's clear that crit.org and 3V work in completely
different ways; they're a client-side browser plug-in.
So if they wanted to patent the mechanism they're using
there's nothing i could do or want to do about it. I'm
just worried that in the attempt to make the patent as
broad as possible, they may try to get a patent on, say,
the inline note, or on the act of writing a comment on a
web page, etc.
Is this even possible? Am i being paranoid? There seem
to have been a lot of horror stories about silly patents
(on multimedia, pre-emptive multitasking, etc.).
> There's a service of the PTO called something like "invention
> registration", which costs on the order of $20, which gets your
> invention into the databases the examiners use when deciding if a
> patent is unoriginal. This may be helpful in preventing the patents
> from being issued.
Thanks for mentioning this! I'll look into it.