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Like most I have been watching the Eolas patent situation quite closely as we use a ton of plugins at Reuters (as most do) and this would GREATLY effect our applications. Basically - a group has proven in court that they own the patent for plugging stuff into a browser. So that means that they own the patent to the technology that plugs in things like ActiveX, Java Applets, Flash, Quicktime and more. WOW you say! That's what I said. They already won a lawsuit against Microsoft (being appealed) and this is causing Microsoft to change how IE works! If you pay attention to anything news-wise in technology this year - pay attention to this. It was good to see that Tim Berners-Lee issued a statement to the USPTO Director demanding a review of the patent. Let's hope logical heads prevail and the USPTO office does just that! Posted on Saturday, November 1, 2003 5:28 AM | Back to top


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