Slashdot - Microsoft on Tuesday won a patent for launching a certain kind of HTML application within Windows. The patent, "Method and apparatus for writing a Windows application in HTML" (Hypertext Markup Language), describes Microsoft's way of opening up HTML applications in a window free of navigation and other interface elements, known as "chrome," and browser security restrictions.'
The canonical patent joke on Slashdot has been "patenting breathing". Perhaps now it should be "patenting not breathing".
Wierd. The more I think about it, the less I understand what is patented; I'm not even completely certain how to violate it other then precisely duplicating the HTML Application architecture.