Coming just a month after the patent office decided that Eolas' patent for plugins is valid, Microsoft can't be all that happy to hear that the Supreme Court won't review their appeal in the case that has them owing $500 million while also making browsers much less useful -- for an idea that certainly seems fairly obvious (embedding one program into another). The battle still needs to be reviewed by the district court, but the latest few moves haven't gone in Microsoft's favor. Considering that Microsoft was hoping to use the various prior art arguments in the lower case, the USPTO's findings last month may look particularly damaging. Again, it's quite hard to see what Eolas has done that deserves them getting half a billion dollars.
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