Eolas Patent Under Review

By Deane Barker on November 12, 2003

Patent office to re-examine Eolas patent: It looks like the W3C’s trip to the patent office may have paid off.

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has stepped squarely into a fight roiling the Web by agreeing to re-examine the Eolas patent for a browser plug-in, a development likely to bring cheer to Microsoft and software patent foes alike.

Specifically, the consortium pointed out early HTML drafts by W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee and W3C staff member Dave Raggett that it said qualified as prior art in the case.”