You can't patent a standard that you do not own. FAT32 was developed by MS to extend Windows to support partitions too large for FAT to handle. VFAT is the Linux compatibility adaptation for the MS FAT filesystems for which MS has a history of providing support to third party developers for. If MS wanted to modify FAT32, they certainly could have even without a patent. Patents are normally applied for in order to protect a technology, and no doubt this was MS's intention. I'm surprized MS was only awarded the patent last year -- seems kind of late to me, but better late than never I suppose.
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9/16/06 at 11:38am