December 17, 2002
AOL (well, AOL as assignee, the inventors worked for Mirabilis) has been granted a Patent 6,449,344 in the US for the essentials of the ICQ (and by extension AIM) messaging system.
An interesting development. News.com has a bit about it as well.
While it seems pretty broad (and thus I would wonder about the enforcability), it brings back memories of late nights on our own invention documentation.
Ah, youth (he said, aged after a three year gap)...
Posted by esinclai at December 17, 2002 09:11 PM |
Do you part to try to get AOL's patent on Instant Messaging invalidated! Any true Internet geek knows that IRC was the originator in the Instant Messaging game, not ICQ!
» The user chooses his "home address" which is a server probably in the vicinity
. This server is the place where he announces his existence and which workstatio
n & port number he is actually on. Pending notifications can be handled then. So
a user can have an URL, like this: psyc://psyc.site.edu/~lynx/ «
I wrote that in 1994. It describes the concept of
having an address independent from the current
location of the communication client. I envisioned
the use of URLs like IM systems still haven't
managed to do. See also the 1994 PSYC spec:
So this is my very late YAC2F (yet another
claim to fame)
By the way.. http://psyc.pages.de/ is at version
0.99 now and really really cool. Try it out. :)
(and yes, I agree that IRC essentially gave
us the same thing with /notify, back then
when nicknames and THE network was reliable)