Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:04 UTC
Internet Explorer I am almost flabbergasted by the spin and blunt-face upon which this news is delivered. We were just discussing the pot calling the kettle black with Apple / Adobe and now Microsoft have also come out in favour of a closed video format for an open web--IE9's HTML5 video support will allow H264 only. Update Now that the initial shock is over, I've rewritten the article to actually represent news rather than something on Twitter.
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Europe apparently does recognize software patents.
by MollyC on Fri 30th Apr 2010 02:52 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment"
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I saw an article a few days ago saying that Microsoft had won their "long file names in FAT" patent case in Germany. Which suggests that software patents are recognized in Germany, and Europe in general, depending on the nature of the covered technology.

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/04/german-appeal-court-u...

"The German decision also shows that European courts are willing to grant software patents, provided that those patents represent genuine technical innovations (like encoding long file names on a filesystem that can't store them) and aren't just business processes (such as running auctions on the Internet)."

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