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Patent office re-evaluating Eolas patent

What great news to start the day with!

The potential impact of the Eolas patent, the lawsuit with Microsoft, and the impending changes to IE and thus the internet as a whole... it all had me worried. It would be expensive for commercial applications to adapt, but a large portion of educational projects would have been effectively erased from the web.

But there is a glimmer of sanity on the horizon...the US Patent and Trademark Office is re-examining Eloas's patent. What makes me hopeful is the swift action the office took: a mere seven days!

The patent has not yet been revoked, but now it's at least possible.

For more information, read Dale Dougherty's article on the O'Reilly Dev Weblogs.

~Via JD on MX