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Re: German court invalidates FAT patent ..

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: German court invalidates FAT patent ..
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 20:33:55 +0100

Rjack wrote:
> Doug Mentohl wrote:
> > The Federal Patent Court has declared a Microsoft patent on the
> > file allocation system File Allocation Table (FAT) invalid for
> > the Federal Republic of Germany.
> >
> > The claim in question is the protection claim granted by the
> > European Patent Office under EP 0618540 for a "common namespace
> > for long and short filenames."
> >
> >
>  From the heise article:
> "The plaintiff in the action before the Federal Patent Court had
> argued that the subject matter of the challenged patent was prior
> art or if not prior art per se could be easily deduced by a
> specialist at least from prior art."
> This argument ...

The actual arguments (as seen by the court) and the decision can be
inspected here:

Interesting reading!

(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can 
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards 
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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