Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 10th Jan 2006 23:44 UTC, submitted by Derek Newhall
Microsoft After 2 years of examination the U.S Patent and Trademark Office has reversed its two earlier unofficial decisions and decided that Microsoft's File Allocation Table file system constitutes a "novel and non-obvious" system enabling it to be patented. This coupled with Microsofts plans to charge licensing fees for use of the system could cause many problems for open-source operating systems that implement the file system, or even to mp3 players. Elsewhere, has an interview with Microsoft's "open source point man" Martin Gregory.
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The patents cover VFAT
by JoeBuck on Wed 11th Jan 2006 00:12 UTC
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The patents in question cover VFAT, not FAT. The old MS-DOS file system, with the names restricted to eight characters and a three-character extension, is not covered.

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