Technocrat.net: Patent Issued for Natrificial's "The Brain"Mar 11, 2000, 22:43 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Simcich)
"Natrificial... has had a patent approved for their "Brain" technology. It sounds like they are attempting to lock up the market for dynamic mindmap-type interfaces. If this stands it's a very bad thing, IMHO. This is an area that is just starting to open up, and a patent like this has the potential to stifle ongoing and future interface innovation."
"According to Natrificial's press release, dated March 7, the patent covers The Brain's interface which "allows any piece of information to be linked and accessed from multiple locations within the interface - giving users the ability to retrieve and navigate data by association"."
"I use the Brain, I like it a lot. But I really, really, don't want Natrificial to own a patent that will ultimately prevent or hinder similar dynamic linking interfaces from being developed. If that's what the patent is going to amount to it has the potential to impact the development of computer interfaces in a very negative way, far exceeding the damages that might be caused by the types of e-commerce related patents that Amazon has been awarded..."