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.

#9 The wheel *is* patented...

by herman

Sunday March 7th, 2004 7:07 AM

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<> is the patent for a "circular transportation facilitation device"

copy&paste doesn´t work fine from that document, but follow the link above


(12) GFWNTED INNOVATION PATENT (ll) App (19) AUSTRALIAN PATENT OFFICE ication No. AU 2001100012 A4 (54) Title Circular transportatim facilitation device (51) 7 International Patent Classification(s) l36Ol3 001100 (21) Application No: 2001100012 (22) Application Date: 2001.05.24 (45) Publication Date : 2001.08.02