Will Infamous JPEG Patent Get A Re-Exam?

from the about-time dept

We've already talked about how Ray Niro, a well-known patent attorney, has been filing lawsuits over a patent he claims covers any website with a JPEG image. He's been known to particularly target his critics. It appears that all of the attention this patent has generated, has resulted in at least one party filing with the Patent Office to request a re-exam of the patent. While the patent has already gone through a re-exam in the past, and only this one claim survived, it would be nice to get it completely rejected.
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    tonyjones17, 1 Feb 2008 @ 2:45pm

    There's no reason to use JPEG images anymore. Use a GIF if you want a tiny filesize and low resolution, use a PNG if you want a quality pic with a very reasonable filesize. No patent fuss there. What good is a patent on an outdated image codec, anyway?

    The only reason I still use JPEG is that it's basically the MP3 of the low-end digital camera industry. My cell-phone and my cheap Samsung camera give me no other option, but I'm more than happy to convert afterwards, since all my viewing devices fully support PNG and many other types.

    Ideally, we should just drop JPEG entirely, and let it and it's stupid patent fade into bitter nostalgia.

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