by Mike Masnick
Wed, Oct 8th 2008 7:32pm
The EFF's patent busting project continues, as it's filed a challenge against an online music patent held by a company named Seer Systems. The challenge includes plenty of prior art, including some published by the patent holder in a book, long before the patent application was actually filed. It's great to see the EFF continue to try to mow down these patents one by one, but it's worth noting how slow and cumbersome this process has been. The EFF first announced its patent busting project more than four years ago. And, while the program has had successes, it's been very slow going. If it takes this long to bust such obviously bad patents, just think of the trouble dealing with ones that aren't quite as obviously bad.
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