Friday, July 02, 2004

EFF list of top ten worst patents that they plan to "bust" is up

Some of the patents they plan to go after include one for the hyperlink, one for framed browsing, and one for online video streaming. The EFF says:

Once it has identified some of the worst offenders, EFF will begin filing challenges to each in the form of a “re-examination request” to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These requests create a forum to affirmatively invalidate patents rather than forcing technology users to await the threat of suit. Under this procedure, EFF can choose particularly egregious patents, submit the prior art it has collected, and argue that the patent should be revoked. EFF will collaborate with members of the software and Internet communities as well as legal clinics and pro bono cooperating attorneys to help in these efforts.

WIRED article on the EFF effort here.

EFF info on the Patent Busting Project here.


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