United States Patent Number US 7,000,180 entitled “Methods, Systems, And Processes For The Design And Creation Of Rich-Media Applications Via The Internet” issued on February 14, 2006 with 83 claims that encompass a wide range of rich-media Internet applications, methods, systems, and processes.
This is the abstract:
A host computer, containing processes for creating rich-media applications, is accessed from a remote user computer system via an Internet connection. User account information and rich-media component specifications are uploaded over the Internet …for a specific user account. Rich-media applications are created, deleted, or modified in a user account, with rich-media components added to, modified in, or deleted from the rich-media application based on information contained in a user request. After creation, the rich-media application is viewed or saved on the host computer system, or downloaded to the user computer system over the Internet.
The patent was filed by Neil Balthaser, a former VP of Macromedia, the developer of the Flash rich-media player and development environment that is now owned by Adobe.
If the power players in this field are unable to get the patent voided by finding relevant prior art, the licensing revenue is likely to be enormous.