The W3C claims that the basic idea behind the Eolas patent was pre-existing, as far back as prior to the internet, and that because this pre-existing idea had never been considered, the patent should be revoked and MS let off the hook.
With any luck wiser minds will prevail and this whole fiasco will be averted. Full article in the NY Times [nytimes.com].
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"The '906 patent will cause cascades of incompatibility to ripple through the Web. Yet, it's not too late to remedy this problem. The material W3C presented in its Section 301 filing clearly establishes that the '906 patent is invalid," the W3C said.