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 zegenie on Sun 10th Jan 2010 17:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I wonder.."
zegenie
Member since:
2005-12-31

considering what is at question here, the ability to store a word processing document as XML, and parse that document


That is incorrect. The patent - validity of software patents aside - is perfectly valid in the sense that it describes a specific way of performing a specific function, and is not at all that generic.

Albeit *related to* XML - it is nothing near as general as you try to portray it.

Edited 2010-01-10 17:47 UTC

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RE[5]: I wonder..
by BluenoseJake on Mon 11th Jan 2010 00:11 in reply to "RE[4]: I wonder.."
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

No, it is generic, because anybody processing documents in XML would eventually come up with this particular method. It is vague because it can be interpreted in multiple ways.

Oh, and just stating I am wrong, with out any valid arguments, do not make me wrong.

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