Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Jan 2010 22:23 UTC
Legal "Microsoft has filed a second appeal in their XML patent case, claiming the original ruling could be dangerous for future patent cases. Last month, the software giant lost to tiny Canadian company i4i, and removed all infringing custom XML editing abilities from its Office 2003 and 2007 suite. Microsoft also paid USD 290 million in damages."
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RE[4]: I wonder..
by jaypee on Mon 11th Jan 2010 18:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I wonder.."
jaypee
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You have no evidence that they stole this, and considering what is at question here, the ability to store a word processing document as XML, and parse that document, it seems that this method would be apparent to any 2nd year CS major.

It's not MS that is at fault here, but the USPO. They never should have granted such a stupid patent.


Actually, you have something that is very close to a smoking gun. An article in InformationWeek from this past August shares part of an email that turned up in discovery:

"We saw [i4i's products] some time ago and met its creators. Word 11 will make it obsolete," said Martin Sawicki, a member of Microsoft's XML for Word development team, in an e-mail to a colleague. "It looks great for XP though," wrote Sawicki, according to court records.

source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/enterpriseapps/showArt...

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