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FAT patent review a plus for Linux, Open Source

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Attorney Scott Nathan talks about the USPTO's recent decision to review Microsoft's FAT patent and how patents and copyrights may impact the open source development process.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office last month agreed to review a patent on Microsoft's File Allocation Tables (FAT) technology. The Public Patent Foundation (PubPat) petitioned the USPTO to look at the patent, claiming it was not a novel invention; it had appeared in another commercial product prior to Microsoft's patent. FAT is used by numerous operating systems, including Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and others, to exchange media between removable storage devices like floppy disks and flash memory cards in digital cameras and computers.
 read more | mail this link | score:4420 | -akucharik, July 30, 2004
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