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Pei-Yuan Wei

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Pei-Yuan Wei (魏培源, pinyin: Wèi Péiyuán) is a former undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley who created ViolaWWW, one of the first graphical web browsers.

Pei-Yuan Wei was born in Taiwan.

Pei-Yuan Wei is at the center of a controversy over patents relating to imbedded objects in a web browser. At question is whether his browser, ViolaWWW, had the capability to launch embedded objects, prior to the date a patent was filed by Michael F. 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 didn't, 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.

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