Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Mar 2007 17:12 UTC, submitted by Almafeta
Microsoft While the US courts recently reaffirmed Microsoft's FAT patents, the German Patent Federal Court has just dismissed the patent for use in Germany. According to a report in the German news publication Heise Online, the court has denied the protection that the European Patent Office granted to Microsoft under EP 0618540 for a "common namespace for long and short filenames". This was based on Microsoft's U.S. Patent No. 5,758,352. The German Patent Court stated that the patent claims Microsoft made are "not based on inventive activity".
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..but in the US, I guess you'll have to go directly to jail if you write any hidden software with attributes that violate the patent. Best make sure your system software is free of this, and that you haven't archived any code that might expose you to a lawsuit.

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