Thursday, May 21, 2009

U.S. Patent Office web site runs on Netscape iPlanet?

I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised at this, but I never seriously thought I would encounter the name "iPlanet(TM) Web Server Enterprise Edition" on an in-production web site again any time soon. And yet it turns out, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's publicly searchable database of patent applications is powered by a 2001 version of Netscape's app server.

The iPlanet "welcome page" can be found at, which is one of the hosts for the Patent Application search site.

Brings back memories, doesn't it?