Eolas Wins Second Round Against Microsoft, Goes After Linux Too
from the ugh dept
Despite what seemed like stacks and stacks of prior art concerning the Eolas patent (and the fact that the USPTO has agreed to review the patent), a judge has now ruled that, indeed, Microsoft violated the Eolas patent, which describes the idea of “plugins” for a browser. The judge also ordered Microsoft to stop offering an infringing browser – but immediately put that on hold knowing that Microsoft would be appealing the ruling (as they should!). This is a patent that never should have been granted, as it’s an idea that is far from “non-obvious”. Meanwhile, Eolas is also talking to the Linux community about licensing the patent as well. In that second article, the guy from Eolas talks about what a big supporter of open source technology he is, which doesn’t necessarily make sense when he’s holding onto a big software patent at the same time.