Friday, 30 September 2005

Eolas: SWPATs go bananas in the US

"Microsoft loses in Eolas patent ruling" says ZDNet:


In a decision made public Wednesday, the patent office upheld the validity of a patent held by the University of California and its Eolas Technology spinoff. In 2003, a jury awarded more than $500 million in damages to the university and Eolas, but an appeals court this year partially upheld Microsoft's appeal, saying the company should be able to present evidence that similar inventions predated Eolas' patent application.


If even Microsoft cannot defend itself against too broad or too trivial SWPATs, what can smaller companies do? I hope Microsoft will now start supporting NoSoftwarePatents.com.

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