[uf-discuss] copy-and-paste metadata prior art?

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Sat Sep 30 09:57:08 PDT 2006

A lawyer buddy of mine gave me these bits...

>> It is a patent application...not a patent.
>> The patent application:  http://www.patentreader.com/pdf?num=20060218492
>> The patent application is assigned to Apple:
>> PAIR indicates it hasn't even been examined by the USPTO yet.

So no need to worry just yet, but we should watch this and contest it
if possible.


On 9/30/06, Bruce D'Arcus <bdarcus.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/30/06, Charles Iliya Krempeaux <supercanadian at gmail.com> wrote:
> > In Firefox, when I copy and paste text from other web pages to the
> > GMail compose Windows all the HTML markup get copied to.  (The HTML
> > markup would be metadata.)
> Hmm .. interesting definitional questions about data vs. metadata.
> When GMail received that content, does it know how to extract the
> metadata? Or it essentially just a dumb past operation?
> FYI, the patent application has this as the primary claim (there are
> about 40 of them though):
> ===
> 1. A machine-implemented method comprising: receiving a command to
> copy or cut data from a source; in response to receiving the command
> to copy or cut the data, automatically collecting citation information
> associated with the data; and copying the data and the citation
> information into a copy buffer.
> ===
> Bruce
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