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Eolas Technologies Web Patent Invalidated
$521 million verdict against Microsoft may be throw out
cyril kearney

 4:18 am on Mar 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Reuters reports that the US Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated a claim to Web browser technology central to a case against Microsoft Corp.



Purple Martin

 5:36 am on Mar 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sanity prevails.

I like The Register [theregister.com]'s tag line for the story: "Go forth and embed".


 6:18 am on Mar 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

I can think of a few other trademarks I'd like to see overturned ;) if the prevailing winds start blowing in a new direction because of this. Let's hope a final decision locks it down soon.

It sure is a relief not to worry about an Explorer update that means redoing a whole mess of legacy pages.


 10:36 am on Mar 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

I was rather hoping Eolas would win. >;->


 12:41 pm on Mar 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has only invalidated 151 patents out of nearly 4 million patents awarded since 1988.

Seeing how many bogus patents they have accepted just during the last few years, this is the most scary information that the article had to offer.


 4:50 pm on Mar 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

I hate MS and would liked to see them paying the $521 million... but that's better for software ;)
MS has sometimes done good things. Even when IMHO they have done more evil than good, my congratulations for this task. MS has defended the software even when they did it only for their own goals.
It's fine if it finishes fine ;)



 5:30 pm on Mar 9, 2004 (gmt 0)


WebmasterWorld has become so popular that I think a few posts get missed... I almost thought no one was interested ;)

Not like the good old days...


Bring on the BT Hyperlinks...

Anyone who wanted to see Eolas win this case needs their head examined, bogus patents are (IMO) the biggest threat to a healthy technology industry globally, M$ is but the second ;)


 6:05 am on Mar 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Don't get all excited. They have a long way to go in the process unless Eolas doesn't file a response. In a lawsuit, one of the first steps the defense usually takes after being served is file a motion to dismiss. In patent reviews, one of the first things the patent office often does is reject the claim. This tests how serious the applicant really is, forces him to produce more info and stick with the long process which usually takes years to complete. It took the patent office about 4.5 years to approve this patent. IMO if Eoloas meets filing dates, the patent office's final decision to uphold or reject will drag out for quite awhile.


 6:59 am on Mar 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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