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, 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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RE[3]: My only question is...
by walterbyrd on Fri 13th Jan 2006 13:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My only question is..."
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I don't pretend to understand the US Patent system, but it certainly seems unfair for the to allow a patent to be issued after it has become a widely used standard by third parties.

I think there is a concept in USA law (probably derived from UK law) called "Latches." The idea behind latches is: if you have a complaint, you are required to take action within a reasonable time, you can not just sit around and for a more opportune time.

For example, if somebody is building on your property, and you know it, you have to take action right away. You can't just wait until the building has finished.

In theory, the law is supposed to provide justice, not a tool to beat up your competitors.

Of course, the law doesn't usually apply to msft.

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