The company that won a patent case against Microsoft in 2003 is now using the same patent to go after 23 other companies, including Apple and Google. The USPTO has upheld the patent several times now, so the case may not be as cut and dry as some other patent complaints.
The infamous '906 patent granted to Eolas and the University of California was one of the first patents to get the young online tech scene going in 1998. The patent addresses third-party browser plug-ins to run various forms of media as an "embedded program object"—essentially a program that runs within another program. Eolas promptly sued Microsoft for its implementation of ActiveX in Internet Explorer, which set in motion a years-long legal battle between the two companies.
Source, inace na Slashdot-u sam nabasao na originalni.
Ok ovo mi vec ide na zivce. Zasto ne ucine ove patente jednokratne, let's say 5 godina nakon cega postaju public domain ako ih vec ne zabrane sve zajedno.