I've come across this patent for Mobile Media Servers, and to me it seems incredibly broad and obvious, even back in 2009. For my own benefit and for others, I'm trying to find prior art that gives strong reason to believe this patent is invalid.
If you've ever seen anything like this before, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question -- one piece of prior art per answer. We welcome multiple answers from a single individual.
TITLE: MOBILE MEDIA SERVER
Summary: Mobile media server hosts and clients utilized for ubiquitous sharing of media content. A mobile phone can act as a host and stream content to clients over IP sourced from a wide variety of locations, from the host camera to network locations.
- Publication Number: US20110138018 A1
- Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating 4th Dec 2009
- No longer open for challenge at USPTO (from what I can see)
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method of serving media from a media server, comprising:
- establishing a logical link with a client utilizing an Internet Protocol interface;
- initiating, over the logical link, a streaming session with the client;
- retrieving media content from a media source; and
- serving the media content to the client over the logical link.:
What blows my mind is that as broad as the title "Mobile Media Server" sounds, the claims are even broader as they don't mention mobile - it's simply claiming about media servers.
In English this means:
- the server connects to clients via an Internet Protocol
- the server streams data to the client
- the server can retrieve that media from somewhere
- the data that the server streams is media
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to 4th Dec 2009.