The Net strikes back

时间:2019-03-06 10:03:03166网络整理admin

By Barry Fox BY INVOKING an ancient patent in order to claim a monopoly on “hyperlinking”—the key technology that makes the World Wide Web go round—British Telecom has unwittingly unleashed the power of the Internet as a worldwide patent-buster. Webmasters and Internet users everywhere are up in arms over the claim and are urgently trawling the Net for “prior art” that might invalidate BT’s patent. In 1976, the then Post Office applied for patents on an improvement to its online information service,