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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RE[2]: They aren't patent trolls
by Rehdon on Thu 13th Aug 2009 09:25 UTC in reply to "RE: They aren't patent trolls"
Rehdon
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2005-07-06

Fairly sure I read something a while back about i4i approaching Microsoft with XML processing technology (I assume for product licensing) and they claimed that MS took the idea and built it straight into Office.


I wouldn't be surprised in the least, I still remember the Burst.com case:

http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2002/pulpit_20020620_000736.html
http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2003/pulpit_20030828_000447.html

They used to do this sort of tricks in the past, it took a lot of litigation and losing the antitrust suit to sort of mend their ways.

Rehdon

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