RE: MS has two patents

The taskbar patent may only be violated by copying _every_ detail listed
in the description, since prior art exists for every detail mentioned,
but not all in the same product.  CDE, the Warp dock, HP's taskbar,
Finder, fvwm pager all have some of the features listed, but not each 
and every one.  All of these products were prior art to the Win95
taskbar.  There is then of course the question of the patent validity
in general.  It would probably fall under attack, but one would have
to attack it first, and MS can afford decent lawyers.

Dominic Amann, <>
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