It seems there’s no end to this type of crap. Look at this patent:
A content syndication platform, such as a web content syndication platform, manages, organizes and makes available for consumption content that is acquired from the Internet. In at least some embodiments, the platform can acquire and organize web content, and make such content available for consumption by many different types of applications. These applications may or may not necessarily understand the particular syndication format. An application program interface (API) exposes an object model which allows applications and users to easily accomplish many different tasks such as creating, reading, updating, deleting feeds and the like.
I can only hope that you, Gandhi; Amar S.; (Redmond, WA) ; Praitis; Edward J.; (Woodinville, WA) ; Kim; Jane T.; (Seattle, WA) ; Lyndersay; Sean O.; (Redmond, WA) ; Koch; Walter V. von; (Seattle, WA) ; Gould; William; (Redmond, WA) ; Morgan; Bruce A.; (Bellevue, WA) ; Kwan; Cindy; (Redmond, WA), at least feel personally ashamed of having your names on this. As should anybody who agrees to participate in any software patent, especially, but not only those that are as obviously bogus as this one.
[via James Snell]
I have no doubt that this is going to get linked to by absolutely everybody who had anything to do with RSS and/or Atom. If only this were the case for all the silly patents out there …