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2008-01-20 Patent Auction and Semantic Web

We are living in a crazy world at least I have one proof collected from the semantic-web mailing list. Someone is making an auction on some patents he filled around 1997 about some concepts of the semantic web. I don't want to dig into those patents and the potential prior art. I was just surprise that the business of patent trolling is going one step forward by proposing an auction platform to sell "intellectual capital" (as stated on the Ocean Tomo website.) and creating fear about a potential bidder having bad intentions. But if you want to join the auction, you have to pay a "small" fee to be a bidder. But maybe everything is just a bad joke (yes the gala dinner will be the 1st April ;-) but this looks so real…

Patents are only for the old machine