Somebody needs to stop the insanity. Apparently Microsoft’s first appeal of the Eolas patent nonsense has been denied by a federal judge.I really don’t get it though, W3C presented the US Patent Office with prior art, showing that the patent is invalid. Wouldn’t that evidence be admissible?

In any case, the Patent Office is apparently investigating the patent, and if sanity prevails, it will be found invalid. If sanity DOESN’T prevail, it’s going to be a hella busy time for web developers, and the $512 million dollar judgement against Microsoft will be just a drop in the bucket as to how much the rest of the world will have to pay in order to fix this problem.