A Re-Examination of the FAT Patents?

Probably not what Microsoft had in mind when they offered to license some of their technology — but is this just wishful thinking on Andrew Orlowski’s part?: Microsoft FAT patents ‘could be re-opened’

If Microsoft decides to mine its patent portfolio for cash, it’s likely to face a few unexpected consequences. A new patent body that’s vowing to defend the free software community against Microsoft’s new patents-for-cash revenue strategy says it will ask the US Patent Office to go back to square one, and systematically examine the validity of the patents in question. This is an unusual tactic that promises to bring the overworked USPTO’s approval of questionable patents right into the spotlight.

[…] The Public Patent Foundation‘s mission is to advise and counsel people who object to patents that threaten to “restrict civil liberties and free markets”, Dan tells us. The PPF has other options including filing friend of the court briefs on behalf of defendants, and broader education. He’s keen to encourage companies form mutually beneficial “disarmament treaties”, too.