News.com's Martin Lamonica reports that a small company called Scientigo is claiming that its patents on "data in neutral forms" applies to XML and that it will use the patents to extract royalties from companies that use it. According to the report, Scientigo CEO Doyal Bryant said he'd be seeking to monetize the patents by partnering with a firm that specializes in intellectual property licensing. Bryant claims to have spoken with large software companies like Oracle and Microsoft and says he'll be looking to collect from Web sites like Amazon.com. While Bryant didn't literally declare ownership of the Internet, he might as well have. So much of it today already depends on XML with more to come (particularly with Web 2.0 in the works).