Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 13th Jan 2006 00:53 UTC
Microsoft On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reaffirmed Microsoft's FAT patents (covering the File Allocation Table), but sources close to the Public Patent Foundation indicate that this is not the end of the story of efforts to overthrow these patents. According to sources cited by Linux-Watch.com, the re-issuance of the patent was based on the examiner's having accepted an argument previously advanced by Microsoft, and previously rejected.
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C'mon, know when you're beaten...
by tomcat on Fri 13th Jan 2006 02:34 UTC
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2006-01-06

I'm no great fan of FAT (or LFN/SFN hybrid storage). But there was no prior art, and PubPat failed to show why the patent shouldn't be awarded. So, unless you have an appetite for disappointment, I'd consider this one a hopeless cause. MS won. Get over it.

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