From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 17:47:57 -0800
Subject: Re: Thieving B*stards

Quoting Russell Shaw (

> How can M$hit patent FAT which is 20 years old?

The Uruguay-round GATT talks implemented in USA a changeover to 20-year terms from the earliest filing date, as of patent applications filed on or after 1995-06-08. This is the _current_ regime.

Prior to that, the patent term was either 17 years from the patent issue date or 20 years from the earliest claimed application filing date, the later date applying.

There isn't just one FAT patent recently in question, but rather two out of the four known that apply to FAT generally. has the filing dates and someone's opinion about their subject matter, and I've looked up the issue dates via :

It's always a relevant (and sometimes hotly disputed) question as to whether any given patent applies in a given set of circumstances, and I am not addressing that (obviously vital) topic.