Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 19:40 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Earlier this year, a judge ruled that Microsoft willfully infringed on an XML-related patent held by i4i, and ordered the company to pay 290 million USD. In addition, if the Redmond giant didn't comply within 60 days of the ruling, Word would be banned from the US market. Microsoft later received a stay on this injunction, pending appeal. This appeal failed for Microsoft, as the earlier ruling has been upheld.
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RE: Interesting
by systyrant on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 20:06 UTC in reply to "Interesting"
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For many companies it has been a bargaining chip. I think of it like the cold war. I have a bunch of nukes and you have a bunch of nukes. Let's make a deal to not use them.

I personally would like to see the end of software patents.

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