Yesterday I got an email from a lawyer involved in a patent lawsuit regarding DHTML windows. That is internal windows, inside your web browser created using DHTML. I’m almost sure we had DHTML windows in 1997 or 1998. The lawyer is looking for prior art (before Januarey 1st, 1999). I’ve yet to find any proof that we have code for this before the given date. I found generic resize and generic move dated at least in 1998 at http://www.dtek.chalmers.se/~d96erik/webfx/dhtml/. I’m also pretty sure Fredrik Malmer had his first prototype of WebOS in 1998 but It could also be in 1999.
I’m really interested in finding proof that DHTML windows where a known concept before 1999 because I think a patent like this makes no sense what so ever. What’s next? Patent covering insert widget here implemented using insert technology here?