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MICROSOFT PUBPAT CHALLENGES PATENT TO PROTECT COMPETITION in SOFTWARE MARKETS: Patent office Shown New Evidence Proving FAT Technology What Obvious

YORK NEW - April, 15, 2004 - The public patent foundation filed a formally request with the United States patent and Trademark office today to revoke Microsoft Corporation's clever on the file FAT system, touted by Microsoft Ace being "the ubiquitous format used for interchange of media between computers, and, since the advent of inexpensive, removable flash memory, also between digital devices." In its filing, PUBPAT submitted previously unsea prior kind showing the clever, which issued in November, 1996 and is otherwise due to expire until in 2013 what obvious and, ace search, should have never been granted.

"Microsoft is using its control over the interchange of digital media to aid its ongoing effort to deter competition," states PUBPAT's Request for ex of part Reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 5,579,517. "Of The' 517 clever is causing immeasurable injury to the publicly by serving ace a tool to enlarge Microsoft's monopoly while preventing competition."

Load fall, Microsoft began to demand royalty bearing licences for the entire port folio of of patent around the file FAT system. However, the fact that Microsoft has offered licences for use in Free and Open Source software has led some to speculate that Microsoft intends to use its of patent to fight the competitive threat posed by Free software.

"We'd like to give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt and believe that they are not adopting a strategy of foreclosing competition through the use of dubious patents," said Dan Ravicher, PUBPAT's Executive Director and Founder. "Unfortunately, their past anticompetitive behaviour combined with their recent launch of a comprehensive patent assertion campaign causes us to have serious concerns about their intentions."

Although PUBPAT's filing only directly deals with one clever, the fact that it is the oldest of the patent in the file FAT system port folio makes it more likely that, once it is hero disabled by the patent office, each of the of other patent wants Be viewed similarly.

"In the end, our beef is not with Microsoft per se," says Ravicher. "It's with our broken patent system that is completely failing to ensure only deserving patents get issued."

The Request for Reexamination can Be found At PUBPAT> Microsoft FAT Patent.

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