LinuxInsider: FAT Patent: Threat to the Free and Developing Worlds?
Jun 23, 2004, 01:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Stapleton)
"In a decision that could have far-reaching implications--from
the fate of free software to the technology used in developing
countries--the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted
the Public Patent Foundation (PubPat) a reexamination of a recently
granted patent (number 5,579,517) on the use of file allocation
tables (FATs), a ubiquitous technique for accessing a file
"The FAT file system is used in many modern devices, including
those that use flash memory, and many operating systems, such as
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Business Hosting Services. Microsoft has been granted several
file-related patents recently, and PubPat believes that all will
fall if the USPTO invalidates or limits the FAT patent..."