Long discussions about long names
Posted May 4, 2009 23:07 UTC (Mon) by JoeBuck
Parent article: Long discussions about long names
I don't understand why the Rock Ridge Interchange Protocol (for storing long names on a CD-ROM file system) isn't considered prior art that invalidates the VFAT patents. The VFAT patents are written very broadly, and appear to cover essentially any mechanism that lets you store long names in a database with a name length limit. But this is exactly what Rock Ridge does. The standards documents have 1994 dates, and Microsoft didn't file until 1995.
Now IANAL, so perhaps the VFAT patents are written in such a way as to be distinguishable from RRIP.
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