When the IdeaCop(tm) first spied this one from the folks at YAHOO, INC., we thought it must be a joke.
Are ALL of the people in San Jose that lame, or just the Yahoo's?
We just wondered who else could try to lay claim to a method of Sharing, comprising passing a result from one application to another application. Hmmmm...
United States Patent Application 20050267870
see full text at http://appft1.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.html
We will quote from the Application:
"A technique for sharing data is disclosed. The technique comprises performing a search in a first application to obtain a first search result, transferring search data associated with the search to a second application, and providing, in the second application, a second search result based on the search data."
Oh, wait, they are more specific in the dependent Claims:
"2. A method for sharing data in a messaging environment as recited in claim 1, wherein the first application is a first instant messaging application.
3. A method for sharing data in a messaging environment as recited in claim 1, wherein the second application is a second instant messaging application."
Now we see how this is REALLY CUTTING EDGE!
We have not figured out if YAHOO is really serious or if this really just is a joke, but JUST IN CASE THAT the USPTO thinks they are serious, the IdeaCop(tm) has come up with some potential prior art references in the attached file for your collective review.
Post your comments and alternative references. Help the USPTO do its job!
The YAHOO Patent Attorney on this case is
HICKMAN PALERMO TRUONG & BECKER, LLP
2055 GATEWAY PLACE
SAN JOSE CA 95110