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Update: Microsoft knew about i4i's XML patent

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Aug 2009 16:51 User comments (11)

Update: Microsoft knew about i4i's XML patent According to newly leaked emails, it appears that Microsoft knew about i4i's XML patent but decided to go ahead with Word anyways.
"We saw [i4i's products] some time ago and met its creators. Word 11 will make it obsolete," said one email from Martin Sawicki, a member of Microsoft's XML for Word development team. "It looks great for XP though."

The email was written before the release of Office 2003, when Word was in its 11th edition.

Microsoft lost the case yesterday to i4i, and a judge ruled that the software giant must cease selling Word 2003 and 2007 in the United States in 60 days, cutting into a $3 billion revenue business.

Microsoft has a plethora of options, but a few seem most likely if an appeal fails. The company can update Word to circumvent the infringing aspects, which IW explains is the "program's ability to open and read documents that contain custom XMLa form of the Extensible Markup Language format." The company could also settle with i4i for royalties. If anything, Microsoft can buy the patent or the company. Regardless, Word will still be on retail shelves in 60 days.

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11 user comments

113.8.2009 17:35

The last sentence of the last paragraph totally cracks me up,specially the bit about buy'n the company
Quote:
"If anything, Microsoft can buy the patent or the company"

214.8.2009 0:17

Hmmm...do I see Office 14 coming out in 60 days?

314.8.2009 12:06

Hmmm...willful copywrite infringement with intent to crush the copywrite holder. It's too bad MS has the money to probably circumvent this and make it go away. I would be nice to see them burn for this.

414.8.2009 12:19

kinda wished they muscled through with the xbox hardware emulation on the 360 instead....

514.8.2009 21:13

Originally posted by scorpNZ:
The last sentence of the last paragraph totally cracks me up,specially the bit about buy'n the company
Quote:
"If anything, Microsoft can buy the patent or the company"
LikeWise buddy xD

If you cant beat 'em... Buy 'em !

615.8.2009 22:05

This again is really pathetic. Microsoft will just buy up the company and or just pay them off and MS Office will not be removed from the shelves.

716.8.2009 14:47

If you have money, you can do almost anything you want. Pretty sad.

820.8.2009 12:44
fluffwitt
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Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
kinda wished they muscled through with the xbox hardware emulation on the 360 instead....
What's that got to do with the price of fish?

920.8.2009 12:49

Whether MS buy the company or the patent it matters not.. i4i and/or it's people are set to make a small fortune for this.. I'm sure they won't be complaining then.

1020.8.2009 12:50
varnull
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Looking good for a judge to not only uphold the original penalties but increase them substantially due to the deliberate nature of the infringement.

1124.8.2009 3:38

If I was the judge and had the authority I would award total revenue earned by M$ from the products which included the infringing software + "Cease and Desist" in 6 days, not 60 with no recourse to appeal.

In my view if any judgment is reversed under appeal (on non technical grounds) the judge passing the original award should be dis-banned for INCOMPETENCY. Technically both courts are supposedly reading the same law books!!!!!

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