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Appeals court overturns Eolas decision

From: Richard M. Smith <rms@computerbytesman.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 15:09:20 -0500
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Appeals court overturns Eolas decision
Published: March 2, 2005, 11:19 AM PST
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decision> Paul Festa 
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Microsoft on Wednesday claimed a victory in a high-profile Web browser
patent dispute, as an appeals court partially reversed a lower court
decision that left the software giant exposed to $565 million in damages. 

The case, brought by the University of California and its Eolas spinoff, had
riled the Web community over potential ripple effects that could have forced
changes in millions of Web pages. 

"Today's appeals court decision...is a clear victory not only for Microsoft,
but for Internet users as well," Microsoft said in a statement. "We have
maintained throughout this process that the Eolas patent is not valid and
today's ruling is a clear affirmation of our position. The potential
enforcement of the Eolas patent further created confusion that could have
impacted the use of the World Wide Web."

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