Pei-Yuan Wei

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Pei-Yuan Wei (Chinese: 魏培源; pinyin: Wèi Péiyuán) is the creator of ViolaWWW, the first popular graphical web browser.


Pei-Yuan Wei was born in Taiwan.[1] He graduated from Berkeley High School[citation needed] in 1986. He received his higher education at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a member of the student club, the eXperimental Computing Facility (XCF).[citation needed]

In the 1990s, Wei was a founding employee of Global Network Navigator, one of the first Internet-based businesses. Later he worked for various Palm OS-related businesses. In 2008 he was in Taiwan.[2]


Pei-Yuan Wei was at the center of a controversy over patents relating to embedded objects in a web browser,[3][4] which revolves around whether his browser, ViolaWWW, had the capability to launch embedded objects, prior to the date a patent was filed by Michael David Doyle of Eolas, and the University of California.[3] If it did, it would constitute prior art, which may invalidate the patent issued to Eolas.[3][4] If it did not, in addition to major financial penalties against such companies as Microsoft, the way the World Wide Web and the way browsers that surf it work may be forced to change.[3]

Eolas' claim was eventually found invalid by a Texas court.[5]


  1. ^ "Pei's Home Page". eXperimental Computing Facility. Archived from the original on 2010-10-18.
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  3. ^ a b c d Paul Festa (2003-10-03). "Eolas files motion to enjoin IE". Ziff-Davis. Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b Rhys Blakely (2005-03-04). "Future of the web to go on trial". The Times (United Kingdom). Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Joe Mullin (February 9, 2012). "Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll's Claim to Own the Interactive Web". Wired. Retrieved July 24, 2012.

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