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Sometimes, prior art is useful

From Monday’s LG Tech Specialist:

Microsoft is not only preparing what it refers to as a “patent-safe” version of Internet Explorer 6.0, but it also has what it hopes is a trump card. That trump card is the Viola web browser from 1991-1992, which contains plug-in capabilities that Microsoft hopes will be proven as prior art. If this claim is validated, it would reverse Eolas’s claim to its existing patent license and end all of this ridiculous wrangling.

Indeed it would, and I think the internet would be better for it if this were the case. As much as I hate MS, this Eolas patent really is stupid, and so I hope that this prior art claim can be used as evidence against Eolas.

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