BetaNews: Microsoft's FAT Patents Upheld
Jan 11, 2006, 13:45 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nate Mook)
"Ending a two-year battle over the FAT file system, the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office has reversed a non-final ruling from
October and upheld Microsoft's patents on the technology. Despite
the prior setbacks, Microsoft had remained steadfast that it would
be victorious all along.
"In June of 2004, the USPTO agreed to review the patent after
questions arose surrounding its validity. A group known as the
Public Patent Foundation disputed Microsoft's claims to FAT in
April 2004, saying it had become ubiquitous as a format and found
in many devices..."