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Re: Pei Wei's ViolaWWW project: Was it prior art?

From: Steven Pemberton <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 14:50:23 +0200
Message-ID: <0b6601c372e3$1d2c48d0$df13fea9@srx41p>
To: "Richard M. Smith" <rms@computerbytesman.com>, "W3C Public Web Plugins List" <public-web-plugins@w3.org>

> Does anyone on the list know why the judge in the Eolas/Microsoft '906
> patent trial refuse to allow the jury to hear about Pei Wei's ViolaWWW
> work?  In particular, was it an issuing timing or was the Viola system
> somehow different than Mike Doyle's work?

If I understand it right, the judge decided that Pei Wei's system wasn't
published in a suitable way to make it acceptable prior art.

Prior art isn't just that you did it earlier, but that you also published it
for all the world to see.

Steven Pemberton
Received on Thursday, 4 September 2003 08:50:34 UTC

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