US Patent and Trademark Office Nixes Eolas Browser Plug-in Patent

Friday March 5th, 2004

Reuters is reporting that the US Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated a patent covering browser plug-ins. The patent, jointly held by Eolas Technologies Inc. and the University of California, has been struck down in a preliminary decision, which Eolas has sixty days to respond to. Eolas successfully sued Microsoft for infringing on the patent last year, forcing the software giant to outline drastic changes to Internet Explorer that would severely impact upon the user experience of the Web. MozillaZine reported on the lawsuit and the Mozilla Foundation's response to it last October. Thanks to Zachariah for the news.

#10 Re: The wheel *is* patented...

by bzbarsky

Sunday March 7th, 2004 9:26 AM

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Since you clearly read the document, you know that this is not a patent in the sense that the Eolas patent is... in particular, it was granted with no examination but has to undergo such if there is an actual attempt to enforce it.

Oh, and I can copy/paste from the PDF just fine.... using the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 plugin here...