Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 29th Apr 2009 04:08 UTC
Legal The Open Innovation Network has found a few of Microsoft's patents in dealing with the past TomTom/FAT case a bit fishy and have therefore submitted them for review of prior-art to the Linux community at large.
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Patents 5579517 and 5758352 were challenged earlier this decade by the Public Patent Foundation. PUBPAT won the initial case, but Microsoft won the patents back on appeal. Did the OIN find additional prior art, because if they didn't, the fate will probably be the same as before, with those two patents being upheld. I don't think they changed the patent reexamination process, so it will still be weighted on the side of Microsoft, plus they'll need new evidence if they don't want it dismissed out of hand.

Link to prior decision on patents...

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