Microsoft has received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,748,582) for generating task lists from "todo" comments in source code.

http://news.com.com/Microsoft+checks+off+patent+win/2100-1008_3-5228693.html?tag=nefd.pop

Now this is exactly what DocumentDoclet does (one of the XDoclet tasks). So is DocumentDoclet violating Microsoft's patent, or is it an example of prior art that invalidates that patent?

Ganesh Prasad