SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: information architecture as
RE: SIGIA-L: information architecture as intellectual property
From: Trina Neilson (trinan_at_coleweber.net)
Date: Mon Oct 30 2000 - 21:26:45 EST
I think we had a similar discussion to this a few months back, Paul Caron of
Luminant brought up "navigation patents." I have copied the original post
here, and I have the archive of the subsequent discussion, as well...
A client is asking if the navigation we've developed for them infringes on
any patents. Has anyone ever heard of a navigation scheme being patented?
Or legal issues arising from the development and use of a navigation
scheme that was similar to someone else's?
It seemed like a silly question at first (every IA team would require a
lawyer for every project then, wouldn't they?), but upon thinking about
it, I could see a situation where, for example, a complete duplication of
Yahoo's hierarchical subject structure might raise a few legal
Suffice it to say that I'm not worried about it in this particular
context. But for purposes of due diligence, and 'cause it was food for
thought, I thought I'd ask the question here.
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