Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Aug 2009 17:55 UTC, submitted by Laurence
Legal In what some will undoubtedly call ironic, Microsoft has been declared guilty of wilfully infringing upon an XML patent held by the Canadian company i4i. The judge has ordered Microsoft to pay a fine of 290 million USD, and has barred Microsoft from selling Word in the United States if the company doesn't comply within 60 days (a detail omitted by many). Microsoft has already announced it will appeal the judge's decision.
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Not sure you guys understand....
by Nex6 on Wed 12th Aug 2009 19:07 UTC
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I am, not sure you guys are understanding what this means.

the patent in question covers what they call "metacode", the changing of text within an XML document.

OO.o, and all sorts of apps that uses XML for data storage, or config files (even OSX as Plists are XML)

would, down the road be effected. Microsoft will appeal, and if its held up XML will change or will die becuase of this.


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