USPTO to re-examine EOLAS patent

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The USPTO will re-examine the EOLAS patent, dubbed the '906 patent:

"A substantial outcry from a widespread segment of the affected industry has essentially raised a question of patentability with respect to the 906 patent claims," Stephen Kunin, the USPTO's deputy commissioner for patent examination policy, wrote in his order for re-examination. "This creates an extraordinary situation for which a director-ordered examination is an appropriate remedy."

About two weeks ago, Tim Bernes-Lee from W3C asked the USPTO to re-examine this patent, presenting prior art to invalidate it.