W3C Urges PTO to Invalidate Controversial Eolas Patent

Law360, New York (October 29, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- In an unusual move, the head of the internet standards organization World Wide Web Consortium urged the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate a software patent at the center of a dispute between Microsoft and a former University of California.

"The impact of this patent will be felt not only by those who are alleged to directly infringe, but all whose web pages and application rely on the stable, standards-based operation of browsers threatened by this patent," W3C head Tim Berners-Lee said in his letter....
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