On June 21, 2005 when the Redmond, WA based Microsoft filed for a patent on RSS (Really Simple Syndication), it is likely that they did not expect such a backlash 18 months later when the claims, published on the US Patent and Trademark Office website, were noticed by thousands on the web.
RSS was initially known as RDF, and was used in Microsoft IE bookmarks.
The date of the patent filing is just three days before the company announced it planned to build support for RSS into Internet Explorer 7, and into what we now know as Microsoft Windows Vista.
As this news spread, the techno-elite began to call for its removal and denounced the filed claims. Dave Winer one of the inventors of RSS as you know it today made this comment on his site Scripting News, â€œToday I received a link to a patent granted to Microsoft, where they claim to have invented all this stuff. Presumably they’re eventually going to charge us to use it. This should be denounced by everyone who has contributed anything to the success of RSS.â€
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