FAT patent uphelp, now what?

David Mohring heretic at ihug.co.nz
Thu Jan 12 01:05:04 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-01-11 at 15:13 +0000, Paul F. Johnson wrote:
> Hi,
> > If FAT patent is upheld, then I guess FAT support has to be removed.
> I have a feeling it will be appealed again. FAT is not a novel or
> non-obvious format - file allocation tables have been used since the
> inception of SCSI drives and even as far back (home use) as 1984 with
> the Sinclair ZX Microdrive and BBC "floopy" drives.

I am pretty sure that IBM used the same method for storing long names in
the allocation table in early OS/2. Microsoft was working with IBM with
later releases of OS/2 but the implementation of the "compatible" file
system was first done by IBM. 

David Mohring <heretic at ihug.co.nz>

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