updated 11:25 am EDT, Fri September 30, 2005
Eolas patent decision
The US Patent and Trademark Office this week week endorsed a Web-browsing patent Microsoft is accused of infringing, , according to Computerworld: "In a decision unveiled Wednesday, the office reconfirmed a patent held by Eolas Technologies Inc. that allows interactive content to be embedded in a Web site, which is a common practice on the Internet. Eolas is a spin-off of the University of California....the patent office completed a "re-examination process" on the original patent, which was published in November 1998, and plans to issue a re-examination certificate to uphold its validity." Microsoft says it will present its side of the argument at the retrial as scheduled and is "confident it will achieve a successful resolution."