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Doubt cast over Web standard's ownership -- "Vancouver-based UFIL Unified Data Technologies, a private company, claims that it owns U.S. patent 5,684,985, a "method and apparatus utilizing bond identifiers executed upon accessing of an endo-dynamic information node." The patent was awarded in November 1997."

This could have far-reaching implications for some SmallCos whose products & technologies exploit RDF and RSS. It'll be interesting to see if enough prior work can be uncovered to invalidate the patent claim.

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