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Pei-Yuan Wei was born in Taiwan. He graduated from Berkeley High School 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).
Pei-Yuan Wei was at the center of a controversy over patents relating to embedded objects in a web browser, 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. If it did, it would constitute prior art, which may invalidate the patent issued to Eolas. 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.
Eolas' claim was eventually found invalid by a Texas court.
- Pei's Home Page
- Paul Festa (2003-10-03). "Eolas files motion to enjoin IE". Ziff-Davis.
- Rhys Blakely (2005-03-04). "Future of the web to go on trial". The Times (United Kingdom).
- Joe Mullin (February 9, 2012). "Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll's Claim to Own the Interactive Web". Wired. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
- Pei's Home Page (archive.org 2010-10-18)
- Viola Home Page "archive is kept for historic reason only."
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