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German court invalidates Microsoft FAT patent

walterbyrd (182728) writes | about 5 months ago

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walterbyrd (182728) writes "Microsoft storage patent that was used to get a sales ban on products from Google-owned Motorola Mobility in Germany has been invalidated by the German Federal Patent Court.

Microsoft's FAT (File Allocation Table) patent, which concerns a "common name space for long and short filenames" was invalidated on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Federal Patent Court said in an email Friday. She could not give the exact reasons for the court's decision before the written judicial decision is released, which will take a few weeks."

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It was about time, wait it was in Germany only ! (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | about 4 months ago | (#45626671)

The FAT file system has prior art. This concept was invented at least 10 yrs prior to Microsoft opening up for business.
Much like at least 1/3 of patents out there, they are either obvious, or have prior art.

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