Null and Void

The Register: Eolas’ web patent nullified

Thankfully, the US Patent Office has invalidated Eolas’ ridiculous patent on browser plugins. This means that browser makers were going to have to make drastic changes to their web browsers in order to handle things like Flash, RealMedia, QuickTime, and designers like myself would have to jump through hoops to make their sites that contained plugins to work properly. But with the multitude of citations of prior art being proved, the patent held little credibility. Thank goodness – I was not looking forward to rewriting all that code on my affected pages out there.