Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Eolas Loses Round Two

from the one-more-to-go... dept

In the ongoing effort to invalidate the Eolas patent that would force browsers to change how they dealt with plugins, the Patent Office has rejected all ten patent claims under review. This follows an earlier ruling on the patent claims suggesting, again, that the patent isn't valid. As we've discussed, this process is fairly complex, and involves a number of chances for Eolas to plead their case. However, having now lost the first two rounds of that process, the situation isn't looking good for Eolas. On the other hand, the situation is looking good for the web, and the ability to keep using it as we have all along... with the somewhat obvious idea of plug-ins.

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