a dispute over a Microsoft-held patent.
""We are aware that the patent should not have issued in view of the prior art available to the patent office but not cited by Microsoft in its application," Moglen said.
The patent in question, USP 6101499, filed in 1998 and issued in 2000, concerns automatic generation of IP addresses to facilitate simple network connections.
The technology described therein bears "more than a passing similarity" to IPv6, one of the backbones of the Internet, according to Frank Bernstein, a lawyer with Kenyon & Kenyon, a San Jose, Calif., firm.
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