Friday, December 10, 2004

Eolas v. Microsoft case grinds on

Via Politech, oral arguments at the Eolas v. Microsoft appeal were heard yesterday; but more interestingly, Declan points to Perry Pei-Yuan Wei's note on the Viola browser, which is clearly relevant to the discussion of prior art. I find it pretty astounding that the court decided not to allow the jury to see a demo of Viola, or to know that Wei had told Doyle about Viola.

Yet more evidence that the patent system, in this case, did not produce incentives for innovation, but instead supported an unwarranted "intellectual property" land grab.

Previous posts on Eolas: one, two, three.

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