The August 2003 decision from a federal jury in Chicago sent shock waves across the Internet. If Eolas and its business partner, the University of California, eventually prevail, the effects could force a redesign of Web pages that use plug-in applications like Macromedia Flash and Adobe Acrobat that run inside a Web browser.
Microsoft hoped to show evidence of an earlier browser called Viola, which was seemingly demonstrated to other researchers a year before the University of California filed for its patent.
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