Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 21st Nov 2005 23:51 UTC
Features, Office Microsoft intends to submit file formats for its new Office 12 applications to the European standards body ECMA International. The company hopes this will allay concern about its level of control over document formats. Update by AS: For the curious, here's a sample Office 12 file and a sample XPS file. (Note: Right click > Save As..., we're not configured to serve these files just yet.)
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RE[2]: Cost
by Celerate on Tue 22nd Nov 2005 06:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Cost"
Celerate
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2005-06-29

I don't think they can sue a clean room implementation though, unless the DMCA comes into play, and then I don't think the DMCA can be applied to "open" standards.

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RE[3]: Cost
by on Tue 22nd Nov 2005 08:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Cost"
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Sure they can. If the clean room implementation use patented algorithms.

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RE[3]: Cost
by CrimsonScythe on Tue 22nd Nov 2005 15:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Cost"
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2005-07-10

One of the many problems with software patents, is that they cover the idea that they have patented, no matter how it is implemented. It doesn't matter at all whether or not you even know that such a patent exists, since they have patented very the idea itself. If we were talking about copyright, then you would be correct.

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