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Linux-Watch: U.S. PTO Smashes JPEG Patent

May 29, 2006, 15:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"Another attempt to tie down a standard with a patent has gone down in flames. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a patent that Forgent Networks was asserting against the Joint Photographic Experts Group, better known as JPEG, images standard.

"In the reexamination proceeding initiated late last year by the PUBPAT (Public Patent Foundation), The PTO Office Action released yesterday a finding that the prior art submitted by PUBPAT completely anticipated the broadest claims of the patent, U.S. Patent No. 4,698,672 (the '672 Patent)..."

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