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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject RE: Microsoft patents XML based script automation?
Date Fri, 13 Feb 2004 22:30:14 GMT
> Doesn't prior art invalidate such patents?

> "Systems, methods and data structures for encompassing scripts written
> in one or more scripting languages in a single file" does not sound
> *that* innovative here ;-)

Nothing about it sounds innovative.  In terms of prior art, what about
http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-XFDL from 1998?

The USPTO is turning patent filing into a race to patent the obvious any
time a new format or medium comes along.  A early comment by the judge in
the Eolas v Microsoft case was that the prior art related to LAN
technologies, and Eolas' technology was for the Internet.

	--- Noel

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