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Microsoft and Eolas settle patent dispute

 12:28 am on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)


Microsoft Corp. and Eolas Technologies Inc. have settled their long-running legal battle, according to a letter sent to Eolas shareholders. (...) The suit, first filed by Eolas in 1999, charged Microsoft with infringing on Eolas patents in its Internet Explorer browser. The patent relates to embedding interactive content in Web sites.

Also: [blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com...]

(...) the cost of the settlement to Microsoft isn't clear. In the letter (PDF, 2 pgs) Swords explained that the Eolas board anticipates paying a dividend to shareholders of between $60 and $72 per share. However, he wrote that the agreement prevents Eolas and Microsoft from disclosing the terms of the settlement. Eolas is privately held, and the letter does not disclose the total number of shares outstanding in the company.

Eolas, a University of California spin-off, had alleged that Internet Explorer violated its patent for accessing interactive content on Web pages.



 1:09 am on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am not disclosing how much it cost me either, but I will say that I had to rewrite about a thousand pages of HTML last year to keep all my Flash, ShockWave, QuickTime, Java, RealMedia and Windows Media content working properly and I was less than happy about it...


 2:11 am on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes, definitely one of the more ridiculous patents of the dot com era(error?).


 12:09 pm on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

M$ could have licensed it but they didn't. Had they done so possibly hundreds of thousands of web developers would have been spared Samizdata's problems but they chose to work round it instead causing countless web pages to fail to function correctly. No wonder we all love M$ so much.


 2:14 pm on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

I was careful not to support either side in my comment.

Every other browser manufacturer also infringed on the patent.

If I held a valid patent I would feel justified in enforcing it.

Whether it should have been granted is another matter.

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