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.

#7 It's SCO deja vu all over again

by DP3_001

Sunday March 7th, 2004 12:22 AM

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The suit Eolas brought against the boys up in Redmond was no different than SCO's suit against the Linux community: Totally baseless & without merit. If the heads of those two companies wanted to make money for their shareholders, they should've done it the normal way, not by blackmail.