Balthaser Does Something Slimy

By Deane Barker on February 23, 2006

U.S. Grants Patent For Broad Range Of Internet Rich Applications: Okay, this is crappy enough:

A patent has been granted to a relatively unknown California Web-design firm for an invention its creator says covers the design and creation of most rich-media applications used over the Internet. The patent holder, Balthaser Online Inc., says it could license nearly any rich-media Internet application across a broad range of devices and networks.

But here’s the crappier part — the company that got the patent is Balthaser Studios. I don’t know how many of you remember them, but back in 1999 they made perhaps the greatest Flash intro ever. I remember being blown out of my chair by this thing (does anyone know where it is now — I would love to see it again).

Because of this cool thing they made, I always had a soft spot for Balthaser. They were…cool. They delivered something that blew me away, and that made me look up to them. Unless this is a huge case of mistaken identity, that good feeling has suddenly vanished.

Mind you, they have no chance of defending this patent — the prior art here is huge — but it’s still lame as hell that they pursued this. Lamer still that the USPTO granted it.

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Comments

  1. I remember the flash intro you’re talking about, Deane! At the time, it’s wicked awesomeness was rivaled only by the dataprotect.com intro done by Kimble, the 3L337 h4x0r. It’s still there btw.

  2. what the hell are you talking about. Balthaser is a company that Bill Gates made up. His father’s name is on the patent application. This whole fucking thing a god damn sham and this industry is a freaking sodom and gomorrah.

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