Budding bioinformaticists take note: You never know where today’s development efforts may lead you. In the case of Mike Doyle, founder and CEO of tiny R&D firm Eolas, it’s brought him face-to-face with Microsoft in a patent infringement trial to be held this July.

Eolas, based outside of Chicago, is suing Microsoft for infringement of US patent 5,838,906, which protects Java-like applet technology that Doyle invented in the early 90s to solve a biomedical informatics problem.

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