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.

#2 This is great news

by gateone

Saturday March 6th, 2004 3:22 AM

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Hello everyone,

from a web developer point of view, this news is GREAT relief for any web developer. Now, if the entire thing had gone on as it started out, this would have ment: no flash animation smoothly inline your designs, no SVG dynamic graphics, no Real Media or Windows Media clips inline without hitting something like a "OK I want to see it" button, no funky work arounds to get your media content inline with your designs!

Also, it is good to hear that this patent has been invalidated. I think there are some things that simply cannot be patented. Like - to but it brute - the Wheel for example. Guess what kind of chaos it would have caused in the world, if there were a patent on using a wheel.