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RealNetworks Case Highlights Sea-Change In Patent Law

Aug 01, 2007, 20:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Barrett)

"Discerning what's obvious and what isn't when it comes to technology patents became a bit less gray last week when a federal judge in San Francisco reversed himself and abruptly dismissed a case brought against RealNetworks.

"Attorneys as well as U.S. patent examiners say Judge William Schwarzer's surprising about-face is just the first of what will be many reverberations felt in courtrooms in the coming months, changing not only the way patent-infringement cases are adjudicated but also whether or not patents are granted in the first place..."

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