jen writes \"Just imagine the implications if this company is successful...
Company says it owns hyperlinks patent
Judge: \'Language is archaic ... like reading Old English\'
A British company claimed in federal court Monday that it owns the patent on hyperlinks -- the single-click conveniences that take a Web surfer from one Internet page to another -- and should get paid for their daily use by millions of people.
The Beeb has more.
The original patent was part of a technology called Prestel - an early system of linked computers that the Post Office was developing.
BT stumbled upon the patent during a routine update of its 15,000 global patents in the summer of 2000.
Prodigy\'s unlikely saviour comes in the form of a fuzzy black and white video which shows a 1968 demonstration by Stanford computer researcher Douglas Engelbart apparently demonstrating hypertext linking.
Gary Price adds, \"Just online, the full-text of BT\'s court filing.