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Microsoft is getting another chance to prove to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that the disputed Eolas patent for browser plug-ins is invalid. The two companies have fought for eight years over the ownership of running executables in a web browser. US courts have awarded Eolas over $500m in the fight, but the ruling …

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A crime has been committed

I don't care whether the patent was valid or not. ActiveX was a crime against humanity, and they need to be punished, preferably eternally.

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But...?

I suppose it would depend how Wei released viola. Part of course/project work => belongs to UC. Done in own time as a personal project -> I think it belongs to him. If it was part of course/project work and therefore belonged to UC then can the prior art argument be used at all, seeing as they themselves owned it (by extenstion)?

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The check finally cleared

This is doubtful at best.

M$ came in late on the Internet so if they do have a patent it would have been though acquisition.

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Univ. of Calif. is not necessarily UC Berkeley

The University of California system has ten campuses with over 200,000 active students and over 1.4 million alumni. Unless the prior art was turned in as a major assignment, there's not really any reason for the Regents of the university system to have ever even heard of the project.

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Better check the MS 'Evidence'

Microsoft is not above manufacturing evidence if it thinks it will help with it's court cases.

Remember the manufactured demonstrations from the IE-Bundling lawsuit(s) ?

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