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Linux-Watch: FAT Patent Fight Not Over Yet

Jan 12, 2006, 16:45 (15 Talkback[s])
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"On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reaffirmed a pair of patents held by Microsoft covering the File Allocation Table, but sources close to the Public Patent Foundation indicate that this will not be the end of the story of efforts to overthrow these patents.

"Sources said, 'the re-issuance of the patent is based on the examiner's having accepted an argument previously advanced by Microsoft and previously rejected in the history of the patent, so documented on the file wrapper (the docket sheet of activity which accompanies each patent).' Therefore, the PUBPAT (the Public Patent Foundation) is 'not precluded from bringing a new reexamination request, and there is every reason to believe that (it) will be doing so...'"

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