The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded VoloMedia a patent for podcasting, according to InformationWeek. The company applied for the patent in 2003, which it claims was a year before any podcasting began.
However, Dave Winer, who is credited with pioneering the development of blogs, RSS and podcasting, questions the legitimacy of the patent.
"I'm certainly not a lawyer or an expert in patent law, but it seems the work Adam Curry and I did in creating the format and protocol for podcasting, in 2001, may have inspired their 'invention.'"
VoloMedia plans to use the patent against podcast providers, as well as providers of all technology for distributing "episodic media." But VoloMedia Chief Executive Murgesh Navar says the company is not looking for a fight.
"VoloMedia's intent is to continue to work collaboratively with key participants in the industry, leveraging its unique range of products to further grow and accelerate the market."