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Friday November 03, 2006
11:56 AM

If you can patent the script tag hack, what about JAPH?

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United States Patent: 6941562

The present invention permits a JavaScript-based Remote Procedure Call (RPC) to be executed from a Web page displayed in a Web browser window, without utilizing browser plug-in, Java Applet, or ActiveX technology. Traditionally, clunky downloads and Web browser plug-ins has been required to enable Web page interactivity, which greatly compromises the performance and reach of the Web page. Based purely on HTML and JavaScript, the present invention utilizes the HTML <script> element to pass data to the server and execute a remote procedure, receiving the resulting output to the same displayed Web page. The present invention can be used to build a lightweight Web page that offers real-time data and interactivity.

The Script Tag Hack is a great hack and my hats are off they found the hack in 2001. But a patent? Now it's my jaw's turn to drop. That's a hack. No more, no less. Neither invension nor innovation that deserves a patent.

If any given creative use of un(known|documented) features can be patented, why not JAPH?

Dan the Just Another Patent Violator(?)

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  • it's times like this that I'm glad I don't understand patent law. At least, hoping to $DIETY that that patent isn't for what I think it is is a good defense mechanism against stupidity. :)

    Hm. I'm sure there's plenty of prior art. Let's hope some of it is owned by companies with deep pockets and lawyers so this patent can be invalidated.